Semper Fi Award:
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Coming up
*Irish Pre-Party is
March 8
*St. Patrickʼs Day
Festival is March 15
City council
welcomes pet
by Katie Friedman
The Maple Lake City Coun-
cil welcomed two new local
businesses Tuesday, Feb. 18,
both caterers to four-legged
friends and the people who love
As the Maple Lake Chamber
of Commerce focused its Busi-
ness Spotlight on The Stables at
Greenfield Farm, owners Vicki
and Mark Johanneck attended
the city council’s meeting and
Vicki stepped up to the podium
to better acquaint councilmem-
bers with their business. Spe-
cializing in the training and
showing of American Saddle-
bred horses and Hackney
ponies, The Stables at Green-
field Farm is located north of
Maple Lake, just west of Co.
Rd. 8 on Gowan Ave. Concen-
trating on training and showing
in saddle seat, Western pleasure
and driving, The Stables at
Greenfield Farm offers quality
horses for sale and riding les-
sons for students age 7 to adult,
in addition to clinics, workshops
and special events.
County board
tables vote on
county paper
by John Holler
It’s hard to ignore that tech-
nological innovations have
made the collection and dissem-
ination of news much more in-
stantaneous. For centuries,
newspapers have been the pri-
mary source of delivering news.
But, as social media and internet
websites have become the
fastest way to get information,
newspapers have struggled to
maintain their readership in an
increasingly paperless world.
At the Feb. 18 Wright
County Board of Commission-
ers meeting, the board consid-
ered a resolution being
championed by the Association
of Minnesota Counties to allow
a county’s official website to re-
place the official county news-
paper – a designation that has
been held in some counties for
almost a century to document
the decisions made by county
by Kari Reid
Sports Writer
Feb. 18 marked a milestone for
junior David Stokman, as he
scored his 1,000th point as a var-
sity basketball player for the
Maple Lake Irish in a home win
over Milaca.
Stokman loves the sport of bas-
ketball and works very hard to be
the best player he can be. He prac-
tices as much as he can during the
basketball season and also spends
most of his free time in the sum-
mer training at basketball camps.
Stokman started playing on the
varsity team as a freshman.
“David is an excellent player
that has put a tremendous amount
of time into the sport of basket-
ball,” head coach Tim Staloch
said. “His work ethic is very im-
pressive. It was a very special mo-
ment seeing him present the game
ball to his parents."
City council
continued on page 3
County board
continued on page 3
Sports: Stokman hits 1,000 points, four headed to state wrestling
Volume 119, Number 22 • Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Maple Lake, MN 55358 • $1
Nine new Maple Lake Am-
bassador candidates were
given the opportunity to in-
troduce themselves to the
community and Lauryn
Aanerud was named Maple
Lake’s candidate for the Min-
neapolis Aquatennial at Sun-
day’s Ambassadors’ Social.
(Above) Ambassadors
Carissa Knott and Chelsey
Trettel laugh as Aanerud re-
counts the past year. (Right)
Knott hugs Aanerud follow-
ing the Aquatennial an-
nouncement. (Bottom) The
outgoing ambassadors are
joined by candidates Maria
Zaske, Blair Stewig, Lori
Elsenpeter, Courtney Klin-
gelhoets, Jada Anderson,
Anna Kleist, Holly Jo
Parchem, Heather Schlueter
and Katie Klimek. See page
12 for the full story.
(Photos by Gabe Licht)
Junior David Stokman poses with his parents, Paul and Lisa, and the game ball he
used to score his 1,000th point as a varsity basketball player for the Maple Lake Irish.
(Photo by Charlene Wurm)
Four wrestlers from the Annandale-Maple Lake Light-
ning will continue their wrestling season at the state
tournament: Spencer Ogden, 195 pounds; Joe Mosley,
132 pounds; Nathan Carlson, 113 pounds; and Tanner
Vassar, 120 pounds. Each placed sixth at the Section
6AA Individuals meet on Saturday at Becker. See page 8
for the full story. (Photo by Jennifer Carlson)
David Stokman
continued on page 9
PAWS for reading:
page 6
by Gabe Licht
Volunteering pays off. Peg
Plaggerman, of Maple Lake, is
living proof.
As a Medica employee, Plag-
german can earn a $200 donation
to any nonprofit organization for
which she logs at least 30 volun-
teer hours.
Little did Plaggerman know
that when she logged her hours,
including 123 hours for Love In
the Name of Christ, she became
eligible for Medica’s Compas-
sion Award, resulting in another
$500 for that organization and a
crystal award to mark the occa-
“I didn’t even know this
award was out there until I got it
last Tuesday,” Plaggerman said.
That makes sense considering
Plaggerman, like other volun-
teers, doesn’t do it for recogni-
She has served on the Love
INC Big Woods board of direc-
tors for five years. Her connec-
tion to the organization started
with a link to her professional
“I got involved because when
I worked in Public Health, I sent
my clients there because they
provided services I couldn’t,
such as gas cards, furniture,
dishes, sheets and baby items,”
Plaggerman said.
Locally, Love INC helps indi-
viduals move in and out of
Maple Manor.
Plaggerman is chair of the
fundraising committee and will
soon be bringing a Dad’s Belgian
Waffle feed to Maple Lake.
Chairing such events means lin-
ing up volunteers and “making
sure all the ducks are in a row.”
She also volunteers time to
other community causes, such as
Girl Scouts and the Maple Lake
Ice Fishing Derby.
With so many good causes, it
doesn’t seem like there’s enough
time to get everything done.
“It’s these darn full-time jobs
that get in the way of every-
thing,” Plaggerman joked.
Her particular job, though,
encourages volunteerism and
puts its money where its mouth
is, as about 800 logged enough
hours to qualify for a donation to
the nonprofit organization of
their choice.
“It’s wonderful that so many
people can get donations for their
nonprofit organizations,” Plag-
german said. “They also give us
16 hours per year that they pay
us to volunteer that doesn’t come
out of our vacation time.”
So, what does Plaggerman
like the most about volunteer-
“I enjoy being able to give
back to the community and help
where it’s needed,” she said.
“I’m blessed, so it’s nice to be
able to pass that on or pick up the
pieces for something that needs
Plaggerman is already plan-
ning her volunteer efforts for the
next year.
“At the beginning of the year,
I have to outline what kind of ac-
tivities I’m going to do and what
I expect to be sending in more
than 30 hours for,” she said.
Some of that work will be
linked to the expansion of Love
INC into Annandale, where the
organization works closely with
the food bank.
An emotional transition
Plaggerman rewarded
for volunteer service
Peg Plaggerman, center, of Maple Lake, received Medica’s
Compassion Award for her volunteer work with organiza-
tions like Love INC and Action for Children Zambia.
Maple Lake Messenger Page 2
Febuary 26, 2014
I finally got out fishing last week Tuesday and Wednesday be-
fore the big storm on Thursday night. I started out on Maple Lake
and didn’t stay there very long when I couldn’t find any sunfish.
I decided to head south, first giving Ramsey a look-see, but the
lack of vehicle activity told me to stay off that lake. Rock looked
better with five to six vehicles on the lake and some paths to fol-
low. The sunfish were biting, but they were small and I decided
to move in front of the access and promptly got hung up on some
hard drifts. I drilled one hole in 16-18 feet of water, but didn’t
see any activity on the Vexillar and bouncing my jig off the bottom
didn’t do any good either. After some shovelling and an applica-
tion of floor dry behind the four wheels, I managed to get unstuck
and continued fishing off to the north. It was difficult to find any
keepers and after a couple of hours of frustration I pawned my
three fish off to a fellow angler and headed home. On Wednesday
George Palmer came out and we decided to try Lake Constance.
We got to the lake about 9:30 a.m. and were surprized there were
only a couple of anglers on the lake and one looked like he was
more interested in removing his fish house than fishing. We
shared the lake with a bald eagle that seemed to be enjoying scav-
enging as it was feeding on discarded minnows. There was some
mild flooding when we drilled holes, but we found enough sunfish
to make a couple of meals. It took a fair amount of sorting and
moving around and I suspect that sunfish were moving around,
too. The locals started to show up in the early afternoon which
kind of told me we could have slept in. It was a good trip for both
of us and we had our fish filleted by 3 p.m. The deep snow on the
lakes after the 6-8 inches we got Thursday night and the subse-
quently cold weather may well put my fishing back on hold. Need-
less to say, the last storm really made a mess of things. I suppose
a person should try to find some good, no matter what; the only
good I can see in the deep snow is the benefit it has for northern
Minnesota’s ruffed grouse population which uses the soft snow to
roost in as well as hide from their enemies like owls, and other
winged predators. . .
* * *
An example of Murphy’s Law happened in ML Friday morning
when a water main broke on Oak Ave. N while the city mainte-
nance crew was plowing the streets and avenues. It was a messy
east side of County Road 8 for a while, but I was impressed with
how quickly they made the repairs. Hopefully there won’t be any
other problems with water mains, frozen pipes, etc., but I’m think-
ing about getting a thermometer and checking the temperature of
the cold water faucet to see if the frost is getting close to the dan-
ger point where a water line might freeze.
* * *
Vanna and I had a bald eagle circling us in Ney Park Sunday
morning near the nest just off the township road. It looked like it
was either just enjoying itself soaring in the clear blue sky or wait-
ing for us to get out of the way so it could fly to its nest. I’m
guessing they should be in the egg laying cycle about now.
* * *
I visited Sunday afternoon via the telephone with Gary Porter
who is recuperating in a Bullhead City, AZ rehabilitation facility
from an infection following a hip replacement operation back in
Minnesota Nov. 26th for his right hip (his second for that hip).
The former MLHS athletic coach and Laker baseball catcher and
manager commented the infection landed him in a Las Vegas hos-
pital for nine days and since then he’s been rehabbing for 33 days
in Bullhead City while on antibiotics. He should be back at his
two-bedroom condo with his wife, Sandy, by the time this issue
is distributed. Gary said they purchased their winter home at 1800
Club House Dr., Unit 17, Bullhead City, AZ 86442 two years ago
and he’s anxious to get back there. It’s on the Colorado River
which has a variety of fish, including striped bass. He will con-
tinue to be on antibiotics, but said he’s getting better each day.
He’s mobile and gets exercise each day walking around in and
outside of the facility in the 80-degree weather that part of the
country has been enjoying. Always an active person, Gary said
he anticipates getting back to umpiring baseball this summer and
I suspect the golf course is high on his list, too.
by Harold Brutlag
in training
by Gabe Licht
It’s in your court:
Why wanton vandalism?
by Judge Steve Halsey
Good News
This column is not intended for items of personal thanks, promotion or editorial comments. Its
purpose is to simply give recognition to local residents for their contributions to our community.
Question: As a traffic safety
official, I am very upset that
people don’t realize that there is
some significance as to what is
going on with using the term
“crash” as compared to using
the word “accident” in news ar-
ticles and other media. I see
both terms used and I person-
ally know that there is some in-
tentionality about this. I know
that you use the word crash for
a reason, so can you do an arti-
cle about this issue so that we
can get everyone on the same
Answer: There is indeed
something going on, and inten-
tionally for the most part. The
spark for this issue stems from
a court trial from more than a
decade ago involving the inten-
tional ramming of a police ve-
hicle, which resulted in the
death of a police officer. During
the trial, an attorney brought up
the point that the incident was
referred to by police in all of the
reports as an “accident.” It also
was reported by police on an
“accident” report form, thus it
was argued that the incident
was not intentional and charges
should be dismissed. I won’t get
into the results of that trial, but
ever since that time, traffic
safety officials in the state have
made a huge effort to influence
everyone to use the word
“crash” and not the word “acci-
Personally, I have been on
board with this since the begin-
ning. Mostly, the initial efforts
for change were aimed at offi-
cers, media and traffic safety
officials. We know that human
driving error causes the vast
majority of crashes and are
therefore preventable. These
crashes are not accidents and
we need to use the correct term
to define this.
Currently, the crash reports
still have the word “accident”
on them; however, I do think
we have made great progress in
changing the vernacular from
accident to crash. We still have
a lot of people using the term
accident instead of crash, and it
quite frankly is something that
all traffic safety officials would
like to see change. Toward Zero
Deaths (TZD) program officials
also feel very strongly about
this and would love to see this
change immediately. In addi-
tion, local traffic safety coali-
tions have helped a lot with this
issue in many regions of the
I know this effort continues
at the Department of Public
Safety, in particular the Office
of Traffic Safety. Also, most
spokespersons at the Minnesota
Department of Transportation
(MnDOT) also have learned to
use the term crash in inter-
Even though we continue to
emphasize the word crash, the
media frequently refers to them
as accidents. I’m sure this is be-
cause they have grown up hear-
ing crashes called “car
accidents.” As far as the media
in general, I think there is such
a turn-over in some media out-
lets that reporters move on and
up into other venues and it
seems like we are training in the
new ones all the time.
Everyone should get into the
habit of using the word “crash”
instead of “accident,” so we can
all be on the same page with
traffic safety and move forward.
If you have any questions
concerning traffic related laws
or issues in Minnesota, send
your questions to Trp. Jesse
Grabow – Minnesota State Pa-
trol at 1000 Highway 10 West,
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-
2205. (You can follow him on
Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or
reach him via email at,
Frequently in juvenile court we
judges see cases of vandalism
from minor egg-throwing to major
wanton acts of property destruc-
tion in the tens of thousands of
dollars. I have never been able to
understand the mindset of the ju-
veniles involved in such incidents.
Sometimes the juveniles explain
that they didn’t plan on doing any
damage and that it was their
friends that goaded them into par-
ticipating, i.e. peer pressure. Sur-
veys have shown that the typical
vandal is a young male middle
school student acting in a small
Psychologists have categorized
vandalism into these types:
· Acquisitive vandalism is
committed to obtain property or
· Tactical vandalism is used to
accomplish goals such as getting
school cancelled.
· Ideological vandalism is ori-
ented toward a social or political
cause or message, such as a
protest against school rules.
· Vindictive vandalism (such as
setting fire to the principal’s office
after being punished) is done to
get revenge.
· Play vandalism occurs when
youth intentionally damage prop-
erty during the course of play.
· Malicious vandalism is used
to express rage or frustration. Be-
cause of its viciousness and appar-
ent senselessness, people find this
type particularly difficult to under-
Kelly Dedel, School Vandal-
ism and Break-Ins, University at
Albany (2005) http://www.pop-
If we focus solely on wanton
vandalism, that is, mindless acts of
property destruction with no mon-
etary gain: What can possibly be
the root causes beyond peer pres-
sure? Boredom? Video games?
Poor parenting and lack of super-
vision? I conclude that it is likely
some or all of these factors, as
well as the thrill of “tasting of the
forbidden fruit,” by getting away
with a crime. The perpetrators of
such acts usually have never con-
sidered the possible adverse con-
sequences to the victims of such
vandalism. These could include
temporary and permanent loss of
use of the property, and expensive
costs of repair or replacement.
Perhaps they assume that insur-
ance will pay for the damage so it
really is a “victimless crime.”
What is even more disturbing
than the acts themselves is the un-
willingness of some parents to
hold their child accountable.
Some parents invoke immediate
consequences, such as grounding,
and loss of privileges upon the
child. Others do not, explaining “I
wanted to wait to see what the
judge would do.” Certainly the
farther away the consequence is
from the act, the less deterrent ef-
fect there is upon the child.
Submitted by Judge Steve
Halsey, Wright County District
Court, chambered in Buffalo.
Judge Halsey is the host of “The
District Court Show” on local
cable TV public access channels
throughout the Tenth Judicial Dis-
trict. Excerpts can be viewed at Go to Commu-
nity and click “The District Court
Show.” Judge Halsey may also be
heard on “Legal Happenings” on
KRWC 1360 AM (Buffalo) on Sat-
urdays at 12:30 p.m.
Ask a Trooper:
Crashes are NOT
by Sgt. Jesse Grabow
I’ve found inspiration in unique
places lately.
Take Jeremy Abbott, for exam-
ple. It’s almost been two weeks
since he fell and slammed into the
wall like an out-of-control
NASCAR driver. I’m guessing he
still feels it, even though he was
able to get back up and finish his
Then, there’s my graceful boss,
Ed Pawlenty. As he wrote a couple
weeks ago, he’s been biffing it like
a pro lately. I laughed at his stories,
mostly because they didn’t happen
to me.
But, Sunday, I became the
punch line.
Sarah and I decided to get in a
workout after church. Apparently,
we weren’t the only ones who had
that idea, as the place was packed
and we had to wait for two people
to leave to even get on our respec-
tive treadmills.
When we run, Sarah tunes into
Netflix on her phone, while I
watch whatever happens to be on
TV and read the subtitles.
Normally, this is not a problem
for me. Yeah, my foot may go off
the track a bit here or there, but I’m
usually able to recover.
That was not the case this time.
Only 10 minutes into my run,
my left foot must have missed the
treadmill completely and I went
down before I had a chance to re-
deem myself.
I landed on my left hand and
arm, which didn’t feel too great,
but at least I didn’t have any tread-
mill burn, which I’ve been told can
be quite painful.
So, instead of looking around
to see who was laughing or show-
ing concern, I hopped up and
jumped back on the treadmill,
holding onto a bar until I regained
my confidence.
I started counting down to the
finish line, but Sarah kept moving
it out further, as she aimed for five
miles. We settled for four and a
half miles, which was the most I’d
run in four years.
Like guest columnist Jerry
Hoem, I’m no Olympian either.
But, I’m also not one to let a good
life lesson go to waste.
So, the moral of the story is it
doesn’t really matter how you fall.
Making excuses or looking at oth-
ers doesn’t change your position in
life. You have to get back up and
keep moving to do that.
Readers are invited to take part in discussions of interest to the Maple Lake community. All letters to the editor must be signed and must include the writer’s address and telephone
number. Letters of private thanks, solicitation, petition, and those containing libelous material will not be published. The Messenger reserves the right to edit all letters.
To the Editor: Children
safety in vehicles
As parents, grandparents, or
childcare providers, we have
the great responsibility of
doing everything we can to
keep our children safe. When
they are riding in a vehicle, the
best and most effective way to
protect them in the event of a
crash is to have them in the cor-
rect restraint system.
Minnesota law requires chil-
dren age seven and under to
ride in a child safety seat or
booster seat, unless the child is
four feet nine inches, or taller.
I know of a number of in-
stances where children were
not injured in fairly serious
crashes because they were in
their car seats.
A basic thing to remember is
the car seat should be secured
tightly in the back seat of your
vehicle, making sure to follow
the manufacturer's installation
directions. The car seat needs
to be secured tightly in the ve-
hicle and should not move side-
to-side or front-to-back more
than 1 inch when pulled at the
belt path.
The other important compo-
nent is the proper position of
the harness on your child. In
rear-facing seats, harness straps
should lie flat, and be placed
through the slot that is at or
below your child's shoulders.
In forward-facing seats harness
straps should lie flat, and be
placed through the slot that is at
or above your child's shoulders.
When you buckle the harness,
it is snug enough when extra
material cannot be pinched at
the shoulder. And be sure the
chest clip is at armpit level.
There are inspections sites
around the state where you can
have you child's car seat
checked to ensure it is proper
and safe. Wright County pro-
vides this service at the Human
Services Commercial Drive lo-
cation. To make an appoint-
ment call 763-682-7717. Let's
do all we can to keep our chil-
dren safe when they're our pre-
cious little passengers.
Christine Husom,
Safe Communities of Wright
County Board Member
Maple Lake, MN 55358
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Carol and the young people in
Zambia want to thank you for the
wonderful support given to them in
our annual Action for Children
Zambia fundraiser. It means a
chance for these young people to
begin a new life as a family and
community member. You have
given them the opportunity for an
education, leading to good jobs.
One young man has opened a
bakery and is doing well, several
work in the tourist industry, some
went home and are farming their
family land again. The farm is pro-
ducing corn, vegetables and eggs,
which can be sold and eaten. They
will soon be raising pigs as well.
Thanks to our wonderful
fundraiser sponsors and to those
who donated table centerpieces and
wine for the wine pull and to all of
you who helped with the organiz-
ing and work. Special thanks to the
Maple Lake Messenger for their
great newspaper coverage, to the
Post A Bid auctioneers and to Fa-
ther John Meyer for his generous
God bless all of you abundantly,
Carol McBrady and the Chil-
dren in Zambia
Maple Lake Messenger Page 3
Febuary 26, 2014
On Feb. 18, Megan Leigh
Halde, 32, of Monticello, was ar-
rested in St. Michael on a Wright
County warrant for fifth-degree
controlled substance violation.
On Feb. 18, Lane Scott Chan-
dler, 42, of Monticello, was ar-
rested in St. Michael on a Wright
County warrant for theft.
On Feb. 18, Adam Eldon
Switala, 24, of Monticello, was
arrested in Sherburne County on
a Wright County warrant for
fifth-degree controlled substance
On Feb. 18, Justin Jarrod
Rentz, 38, of Buffalo, was ar-
rested in Buffalo on a Wright
County warrant for theft.
On Feb. 19, Robert Joseph
Ramey, 28, of Albertville was ar-
rested in Buffalo on a Wright
County warrant for third-degree
controlled substance violation.
On Feb. 19, Houston Alexan-
der Spooner, 19, of Montrose,
was arrested in Buffalo on an ap-
prehension and detention order
from the Minnesota Department
of Corrections.
On Feb. 19, Jeremy Alan
Berg, 27, of Annandale, was ar-
rested in Monticello on a Benton
County warrant for give false in-
formation to a police officer.
On Feb. 20, Tyrone Ray-Her-
bert Hylland, 31, of Buffalo, was
arrested in Buffalo on the charge
of contempt of court.
On Feb. 20, Neil Wayne Car-
riere, 61, of Buffalo, was arrested
in Buffalo Township on the
charge of domestic assault.
On Feb. 20, Jesse Aaron Kor-
bel, 30, of Monticello, was
charged with gross misdemeanor-
theft, issue worthless checks.
On Feb. 21, Nicholas
Theodore Kelley, 28, of Howard
Lake, was arrested in Buffalo on
a Wright County warrant for
third-degree controlled substance
On Feb. 24, Melanie Ann
Johnson, 33, of Monticello, was
arrested in Monticello on the
charge of third-degree DWI.
There were 186 property-
damage accidents, 16 personal-
injury accidents, three hit-and-run
accidents and two car-deer acci-
County board
continued from page 1
Maple Lake Fire Department Report
Maple Lake’s Volunteer Fire
Dept. and Ambulance Service re-
sponded to the following emer-
gencies during the past week:
Feb. 23, 2:10 p.m.: Medical.
Patient transported by Maple
Lake Ambulance to the Buffalo
Hospital ER.
Feb. 23, 11:19 a.m.: Motor ve-
hicle accident Hwy. 55 East and
53rd St., Maple Lake Twp. Three
patients transported by ambulance
to the Buffalo Hospital ER.
Fifteen firefighter rescue peo-
ple assisted ambulance personnel.
Feb. 23, 3:06 a.m.: Medical.
No ambulance transportation.
Feb. 22, 5:47 a.m.: Medical.
Patient transported by Maple
Lake Ambulance to the St. Cloud
Hospital ER.
Feb. 21, 7:01 p.m.: Medical.
Patient transported by Allina Am-
Feb. 21, 10:41 a.m.: Medical.
Patient transported by Maple
Lake Ambulance to the St. Cloud
Hospital ER.
Feb. 21, 9:35 a.m.: Medical.
Patient transported by Maple
Lake Ambulance to the Buffalo
Hospital ER.
Feb. 20, 9:33 p.m.: Medical.
No ambulance transportation.
Feb. 20, 2:57 p.m.: Motor ve-
hicle accident, 1337 County Road
37 NE, Maple Lake Twp. Two pa-
tients transported by ambulance to
the Buffalo Hospital ER.
Feb. 17, 11:56 a.m.: Medical.
Patient transported by Maple
Lake Ambulance to the Buffalo
Hospital ER.
Maple Lake’s Fire Departnent
responded to a fire alarm Feb. 18,
1:30 p.m., 2878 37th St. NW,
Maple Lake Twp., Mark Pribyl
residence. Nothing was found by
the 11 firefighters who responded
to the page.
“We’re just very, very pleased
to be a part of the Maple Lake
community,” Vicki said. Adding
that they’d begun taking part in
local projects, she said she and her
husband look forward to hosting
“An Evening with John Barry-
more,” featuring dinner, cocktails
and conversation opportunities
with the actor cast to play a star-
ring role in “Inheritance,” a fea-
ture-length movie set to be filmed
in the local area.
Having officially opened for
the 2013 horse show season, the
business is relatively new to the
area, and Vicki made note of a
special introductory three-lesson
package for $99. The stables ac-
commodate box stall boarding for
a dozen horses, and other ameni-
ties include indoor and outdoor
arenas. Currently, Vicki said, a
limited number of open stalls are
available for training boarders.
Call 963-8533 or visit for
more information.
Dr. Carl Larson, accompanied
by associate veterinarians Dan
Patton and Dean Hawkinson, in-
troduced themselves to council
members and provided an update
on the Maple Lake Veterinary
Clinic they are currently building
west of H&H Sport Shop on Hwy.
55, along with some background
on the history of their business.
At its foundation in Watkins in
1978, Larson said, the clinic’s
clientele were primarily dairy cat-
tle, but as surrounding communi-
ties have evolved from agricultural
to residential, small animals have
come to take up a larger portion of
its business. In 2010, the Watkins
Clinic merged with Kimball’s vet-
erinary clinic and has operated at
both locations since. Larson said
large animal care is still an impor-
tant part of the clinic’s work, and
that Maple Lake has been included
in their service radius for quite
some time now.
“I know Dr. (Delmont) Lieske
has been here a long time,” Larson
said, adding that they’d met with
the local vet to discuss the possi-
bility of a merger. Lieske, he said,
had politely refused the offer, ex-
plaining that he’d been grandfa-
thered in at his present location
and could not sell it as a vet clinic.
Lieske, Larson said, plans to con-
tinue his work as before, and ex-
pressed surprise that someone
hadn’t attempted to open another
clinic sooner.
Larson said he expected his
clinic will “fit in nicely around
here,” adding, “We have a lot of
Maple Lake residents going to our
Kimball location already.”
As they do at their other clinics,
Larson said, the doctors will wel-
come the use of their kennels for
local strays. Tours and job-shadow
programs are available, and the
doctors are happy to make presen-
tations to schools and 4-H groups.
“We hope we’ll be a welcome
addition to the community,” he
At next month’s meeting, Eco-
nomic Development Director Paul
Bilotta is scheduled to present any
financial aids the city may be able
to provide for the clinic. Weather-
related construction delays have
set the schedule back somewhat,
but the doctors hope to begin ad-
mitting local canines and felines
by mid-April.
In other business, the council:
• Accepted bid results and
adopted a resolution receiving a
proposed assessment roll for the
2014 Street Improvement Project,
calling for a public hearing Tues-
day, March 18. The project in-
cludes Linden and Park avenues,
as well as portions of Division
Street. Proposed work includes
street improvements, water main
replacement and sewer repairs.
Though the city does not intend to
consider the award of the con-
struction contract until March 18,
City Engineer Phil Gravel in-
formed the council that bids had
been received Feb. 10, with La-
Tour Construction, Inc. coming in
as the low bidder on the project
with a total base bid amount of
$1,142,888.90, slightly lower than
the engineer’s estimate of
$1,195,000. The offer has been
deemed a “qualified bid,” Gravel
said, and proof of responsibility
information has been provided.
The current estimated total project
cost is $1,445,500 – about 3.5 per-
cent less than the engineer’s feasi-
bility report estimate. Assessment
rates have been revised accord-
ingly and are generally less than
amounts presented at the public
improvement hearing last fall. An
assessment hearing is scheduled
for March 18, when contracts will
also be awarded. Assessments will
be payable in equal annual install-
ments over a period not to exceed
15 years, at an annual interest rate
not to exceed 5.5 percent. Con-
struction is slated to begin in May.
• Adopted a resolution to close
out the M&P Utilities TIF District
Project and approving a transfer of
$5,983.79 to Fund 205, Commu-
nity Development, effective Dec.
31, 2013. In April 2000, the city
created the M&P Utilities Tax In-
crement Financing District, and a
deficit balance in the district was
created by class rate changes re-
sulting in the reduction in incre-
ments collected by the city. In
2007, the city extended the decer-
tification date to Dec. 31, 2015,
enabling the city to collect incre-
ments to reduce the deficit. The in-
crements received in December
2013 gave the district a positive
balance of $14,804.77, and by
state guidelines, the city was re-
quired to decertify the district and
return the excess increment to the
county auditor. The county has re-
distributed this excess, and the city
has received its portion in the
amount of $5,983. 79. The council
also adopted a similar resolution
effective Dec. 3, 2013 to close out
Fund 312, the 2003 Street Im-
provement Fund. This fund was
established in 2003, and in Sep-
tember 2011 the council approved
the prepayment of the remaining
fund balance due of $410,000,
plus interest. As Fund 312 didn’t
have adequate funds to cover the
entire amount, an inter-fund loan
of $210,000 from the Community
Development Fund at 3 percent
interest was approved. Payments
for this inter-fund loan were made
semi-annually from the levy and
special assessments collected by
the county and disbursed to the
city, and as of Dec. 31, 2013, the
remaining balance due to the
Community Development Fund
was $390.93. Final payment on
the levy for the 2003 Street Im-
provement Fund for taxes col-
lected in 2013 – in the amount of
$429.88 – was received by the city
in January. The remaining balance
of $38.95 will be deposited to
Fund 100, the General Fund.
• Indicated there would be per-
mission for motorcycle stunt riders
to perform a show on city streets
during this summer’s Gear Head
Get Together, provided that the
city does enter into a contract with
the Chamber of Commerce closer
to the time of the event, outlining
parameters and noting that the
both the performers and the
Chamber have sufficient insur-
ance, with the city being named as
an additional insured party.
• Examined a list of injury-re-
ducing items provided to Public
Works Director Jerry Sawatzke by
loss-control consultant Tara
Bursey from the League of Min-
nesota Cities. Prices ranged from
$11,122.16 (for a Spin Doctor to
open and close hydrants or valves)
to $40 (for vibration reducing
gloves). Sawatzke suggested that
a manhole lid-lifter ($1,516.76)
and a cut-off saw with a cart water
tank, for cutting up blacktop and
concrete ($1979.80), would be
practical additions to the mainte-
nance department’s equipment.
Council members put off making
any decision on the matter until
safety grant programs and insur-
ance premium research could be
gathered. Council directed City
Attorney Rhonda Pagel to re-
search the ownership status of
Ditch 20, as well as who is respon-
sible for maintaining the Norbert
Schaufler property drain tiles, as
the city no longer has a sewer
plant. Permission was granted for
Andrew Johnson to attend the
Minnesota Rural Water Associa-
tion Annual Water and Wastewater
Conference in St. Cloud March 4-
6 and to take the Class D water
test, and approval was secured to
rent a bobcat at $35 per hour as
needed, allowing for the hiring of
an additional employee for snow
removal during the 2014-2015
snow season.
• Directed Pagel and staff and
to continue negotiating with
AT&T to place nine antennas on
top of the Maple Lake water tower
with a proposed rent of $2,000 per
month and a 4 percent annual es-
• Directed staff to advertise for
a part-time office position, with
authorization to interview and
• Heard a complaint from
Corey Johnson about a lack of
curbside plowing in front of her
residence at 121 First Street West.
Sawatzke said his priority is to
open the center of the road to fa-
cilitate traffic. Pagel pointed out
that staff is limited and plow oper-
ators are obligated to take periodic
breaks. Council members thanked
Johnson for the information and
offered to take a closer look at her
particular situation, adding that it’s
been a difficult winter and city
employees are doing the best they
The council’s next meeting is
Tuesday, March 18, at 7 p.m.
In a series of “Whereas” para-
graphs, among the statements that
the board was asked to approve in-
cluded that citizens expect and de-
mand information in an immediate
format, counties have limited re-
sources and utilize tax dollars,
counties should have the authority
to determine the most efficient
way to communicating informa-
tion, counties publishing their own
notices would save money and that
“the ability of county websites to
provide citizens with up-to-date,
detailed information exceeds that
of print media.”
In counties where the bill for
printing board minutes, legal no-
tices, bid openings, etc. reaches
$20,000 or more a year, the idea
makes fiscal sense. Critics argue
that if government is the only
source of the information, the con-
cept of transparency is compro-
mised. Wright County has a
unique situation. For more than 20
years, the Howard Lake Herald-
Journal has been the county’s offi-
cial newspaper. The reason is that
the paper effectively gives the
space to the county for their print-
ing needs.
“They give us an incredible
price,” Auditor/Treasurer Bob Hi-
ivala said. “In 2013, all depart-
ments combined paid the Howard
Lake paper $980.79. That was for
Asked about the incredible
price bid by the Herald-Journal –
a penny per column inch of legal
type – Commissioner Pat
Sawatzke said Wright County is
unique among counties of compa-
rable size.
“There’s no question we get a
sweetheart deal,” Sawatzke said.
“In counties that have fewer pa-
pers bidding, their costs can be
pretty significant if the bids are
high. But, we’ve received incredi-
ble bids from them and it’s been a
service to the county.”
Board Chair Christine Husom
added that, while technology is
clearly dominating how residents
receive news, it is age-intensive
and lifelong residents of several
small towns – in Wright County,
statewide and nationwide – who
rely on their local papers as the
base of their readership and the
AMC resolution erodes the rela-
tionship with local newspapers –
whether they be the official county
newspaper or not.
“There are a lot of people who
aren’t involved in the technology
of today that get their news from
the local newspapers,” Husom
said. “They give a lot of people the
news that matters to them and I
think we should support that.”
Approval of the resolution was
laid over by Commissioner Mark
Daleiden, who asked for more
time to get AMC’s position on the
In other business, the board:
• Approved receipt of the De-
cember revenue/expenditure
budget report. Despite a transfer of
$1 million into the general fund
from projected revenues last fall,
the revenues exceeded expendi-
tures by more than $3 million. Hi-
ivala told the board he will have a
final summary of the 2013 budget
for the board within a few weeks.
• Authorized Highway Engi-
neer Virgil Hawkins to impose the
county’s annual road weight re-
strictions whenever it is deemed
that the roads are susceptible to
damage in the spring. Hawkins re-
ported that frost depth has reached
a near-unprecedented 72 inches in
the county and that the restrictions
may last longer into late-April and
early-May than is typical.
Hawkins also reported that the
county is running low on its pre-
paid allotment of road salt and is
hoping for a mild snow season the
remainder of the year because the
pre-paid price for road salt is $70
a ton. If a county or city exceeds
its limit under the contract, road
salt comes with a charge of ap-
proximately $200 a ton. The
county went over budget on road
salt in 2013 and 2014 is not off to
a good start.
• Laid over a proposal to allow
specific county employees to use
their personal phone devices on
the job with a stipend refund. The
board asked that an opinion from
the Minnesota Counties Insurance
Trust be given, as well as a recom-
mendation on how to tighten the
language of the pilot project agree-
• Referred to the building com-
mittee discussion concerning the
former sheriff’s administration
area in the county courthouse.
After analyzing several options,
County Coordinator Lee Kelly
asked for discussion of the possi-
bility of relocating the assessor’s
office into that vacant space.
• Authorized Hawkins and any
interested commissioners to attend
Transportation Day at the Capitol
on Thursday, March 13, in St.
Paul. It will be a chance for local
government officials to meet with
legislators to discuss transportation
• Rescheduled the next person-
nel committee meeting scheduled
for Wednesday, Feb. 26, for fol-
lowing the Feb. 25 board meeting
because the commissioners will be
attending the Association of Min-
nesota Counties Legislative Con-
ference set for Feb. 26-27.
City council
continued from page 1
Icy road conditions are being
blamed for an accident that injured
three at 11:21 a.m. Sunday at the
intersection of Minnesota High-
way 55 and 53rd Street Northwest
near the Maple Lake beach.
Alan Paulson, of Annandale,
was westbound on Highway 55 in
a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer when
he lost control, entered the east-
bound lanes and was struck by a
1999 Ford F-250 being driven
eastbound by Gregory Kramber,
50, of Buffalo.
Paulson, who was wearing a
seatbelt, was seriously injured and
transported to North Memorial
Hospital in Robbinsdale.
Kramber was not wearing a
seatbelt and was seriously injured
and transported to North Memorial
Hospital in Robbinsdale. Passen-
ger Joshua Kramber, 11 of Buf-
falo, suffered nonlife-threatening
injuries and was transported to
Buffalo Hospital. He was wearing
a seatbelt.
According to the Minnesota
State Patrol, alcohol was not a fac-
Three injured in crash
At 1:57 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20,
the Wright County Sheriff’s Off-
fice was notified of a two-vehicle
accident at 1337 Co. Rd. 37 NW
in Monticello Township.
The initial investigation indi-
cates a semi tractor trailer driven
by Luke Homstad, 38, of Al-
bertville, was eastbound on
County Road 37 and lost control
due to the icy and snowy road con-
ditions, spun out and collided with
a westbound 1994 Toyota Camry
being driven by Tyler Carnefix, 20,
of Maple Lake.
Carnefix was transported to
Buffalo Hospital by Maple Lake
A passenger in the Toyota, Vic-
toria Carnefix, 15, of Maple Lake,
was transported to Buffalo Hospi-
tal by Allina Ambulance.
The accident remains under in-
vestigation by the Wright County
Sheriff's Office.
Semi crash injures two
Lamarche, Ryan Patrick, 20, of
Buffalo, sentenced Feb. 20 for
Felony Violation of a No Contact
Order to a stay of imposition for
five years on conditions of proba-
tion, serve 60 days jail, pay $400
fine plus surcharges, have no use
or possession of alcohol or non-
prescription drugs, submit to ran-
dom testing, provide DNA sample,
obtain permission before leaving
the state, have no contact with vic-
tim or victim’s residence, have no
use or possession of firearms or
dangerous weapons, undergo a
chemical dependency evaluation
and follow all recommendations,
undergo a mental health evalua-
tion and follow all recommenda-
tions, complete domestic abuse
treatment and follow all recom-
mendations, have no same or sim-
ilar violations. Sentenced for
Gross Misdemeanor Domestic As-
sault and Gross Misdemeanor As-
sault in the Fifth Degree to 365
days jail; 275 days stayed for two
years on conditions of probation,
serve 90 days jail, pay $85 sur-
charges, follow above conditions.
Sentenced by Judge Tenney.
Libor, Anthony Michael, 27, of
Buffalo, sentenced Feb. 14 for
Felony Criminal Sexual Conduct
in the Fourth Degree to 36 months
prison, register as a sex offender.
Sentenced for Probation Viola-
tions for Felony Failure to Register
as a Sex Offender to 16 months
prison. Sentenced by Judge
Wagner, John Charles, 29, of
Annandale, sentenced Feb. 19 for
Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct
to 90 days jail. Sentenced by Judge
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Feb. 27: Knights of Colum-
bus, 7 p.m., St. Timothy’s
Feb. 27: AA & Al-Anon, 7:30
p.m., Buffalo Evangelical Free
Church, 2051 50th St. NE,
County Rds. 25 & 113.
March 1: AA, 7:30 p.m.,
Buffalo Evangelical Free
Church, 2051 50th St. NE,
County Rds. 25 & 113.
March 3: Social Action Min-
istry quilting group, 8 a.m., St.
Timothy’s Church basement.
March 3: Al-Anon and
Men’s 12 Step Group, 7:30 p.m.,
Buffalo Evangelical Free
Church, 2051 50th St. NE,
County Rds. 25 & 113.
March 4: AA & Gamblers
Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., Buffalo
Evangelical Free Church, 2051
50th St. NE, County Rds. 25 &
March 4: Annandale Lakers
AA & Al-Anon, 8 p.m., United
Methodist Church of Annan-
dale, 250 Oak Ave. N; 320-274-
March 4: Celebrate Recov-
ery (non-denominational Chris-
tian-based recovery program), 7
p.m., Monticello Covenant
Church; 763-295-2112.
March 5: Maple Lake
Chamber of Commerce, noon,
Madigan’s Pub & Grill. New
members always welcome.
Jeannie Fobbe and her
mother, Marge Ward, became
the first mother-daughter duo to
achieve recognition as Maple
Lake St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Grand Marshals. ... Decorative
streetlights were installed on
Birch Avenue as a part of the
reconstruction project. ...
Freshman Courtney Couette
earned a trip to the State Tour-
nament after Maple Lake
hosted the Section 5A meet. ...
And That’s The Way It Was
Five Years Ago This Week.
Al Greenfield, a popular
reading specialist with the Min-
nesota Department of Children,
Families and Learning, visited
Maple Lake Elementary
School. ... The limestone
plaque reading ‘Maple Lake
School’ from the old school
building was relocated onto the
remodeled school. ... 12 inches
of snow fell in Maple Lake,
giving residents the worst
storm since the 1991 Hal-
loween storm. ... And That’s
The Way It Was 15 Years Ago
This Week.
LeRoy Wurm took second
place in the 1989 State
Wrestling Tournament in the
160-pound weight class. ...
Costs to remodel the Wright
County Jail rose to $16,181,796
- $830,734 more than the esti-
mate from September of 1988.
... Donald Q. Smith, editor and
publisher of the Monticello
Times, was elected president
of the Minnesota Newspaper
Association (MNA). ... And
That’s The Way It Was 25
Years Ago This Week.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy
of Massachusetts visited the
Sixth Congressional District in
Minnesota. ... 500 sheets of
white typing paper could be
purchased at the Messenger
Office for just $1.35. ... Cus-
tomers at Andy’s Red Owl
could purchase three dozen
California oranges for only
$1.00. ... And That’s The Way
It Was 50 Years Ago This
The 60+ and Healthy Clin-
ics, provided by Wright
County Public Health, pro-
vides foot care for the senior
citizens of Wright County.
Toenail trimming is offered to
meet the needs of those seniors
who have a health condition
such as diabetes or are unable
to trim toenails themselves.
The 60+ and Healthy Clin-
ics will be charging a $15 fee
for foot care services. This fee
is necessary because the clin-
ics are no longer being funded
by grant money. However, if
you are unable to pay the fee,
you will not be turned away.
The clinics are hosted from
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
If you have any questions,
please ask clinic staff or call
WC Public Health at 1-800-
362-3667 or 763-682-7456.
Upcoming dates:
Tueday, March 4: Buffalo
Community Center, 206 Cen-
tral Ave., Buffalo
Tuesday, March 11:
Howard Lake Community Cen-
ter Public Library, 617 6th
Street, Howard Lake
To see the full schedule,
you can visit the website at:
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60+ and Healthy Clinics
Red Cross upcoming blood drives in WC
Donors of all types are encouraged to help save lives. Appointments to
give blood can be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting red- Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Wright
County: Feb. 27: 1 to 7 p.m. at Classic Rides & Rods, 220 Poplar Lane
S in Annandale; March 10: from 1-7 p.m. at American Legion, 200 W.
Babcock Blvd. in Delano.
Monticello birth center open house is Thursday
CentraCare Health – Monticello will host an open house from 5 to 7
p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the hospital to offer the community an oppor-
tunity to tour the Birth Center before it opens to the public March 4. Guests
will tour the new, private, serene and contemporary environment designed
with amenities to support families and welcome babies. Light refresh-
ments will be served. All are welcome to attend. The Birth Center at Cen-
traCare – Health Monticello provides families the opportunity to deliver
their babies in a modern, serene and high-quality care environment, close
to home.
Friday’s reception for Desmarais postponed
The Feb. 28th retirement reception honoring Randy DesMarais has
been postponed. The event was scheduled for 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the
Wright County Government Center.
2013 fishing licenses expire Friday
Anglers are reminded that 2013 fishing licenses expire on Friday, Feb.
28, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.
Fishing licenses for 2014 now are available from DNR license agents,
online at and by telephone at 888-665-4236.
All 2014 fishing licenses become effective Saturday, March 1. Ice shelter
permits for 2013 remain effective through Wednesday, April 30.
Media Outlet closing sale starts Saturday
The Media Outlet, located at 64 Birch Ave. S., will be hosting a closing
sale, beginning on Saturday, March 1. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
on Saturday, March 1, 8 and 15; noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 and
12; and noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 6 and 13. Hundreds of books,
books on tape and VHS tapes will be half-price. All proceeds will support
the Maple Lake Library.
Saturday is Monticello Photo Show deadline
The Monticello Camera Club is currently accepting submissions for
the 11th annual Monticello Photo Show Saturday and Sunday, March 29-
30, in River City Extreme’s newly-remodeled banquet room. Photogra-
phers of all skill levels are invited to enter, and information on submissions
can be found at Entries are due
no later than March 1. Admission to the photo show is free, and everyone
is welcome to attend and vote for their favorite entries. For more infor-
mation, visit, or call Bob Somerville at 763-
‘Champions of Virtue’ is Saturday
Former NFL quarterback and MVP Rich Gannon, along with Fr. Bill
Baer, will present from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 1, at The Church
of St. Raphael in Crystal. Topic: On and Off the Field Leadership and
Strong Virtue= Strong Leadership. Come enjoy a morning of encourage-
ment, sports-related auction items, autograph session and delicious tail-
gating food. Proceeds benefit a new regional high school in the Monticello
area, Holy Spirit Academy, opening its doors fall 2014. Delano High
School football athletes, Wyatt and Walker Russek, are also speaking at
the event. See this link for inspirational article: Register
online at or call 763-220-2402. Tickets also
available at St. Patrick’s Books & Gifts in Maple Lake (963-5200).
Learn some great new hymns Sunday
Come join members of Silver Creek Community Church and others
from around the area for a special Sunday evening Hymnfest on March
2 at 5 p.m., followed by refreshments. The Hymnfest is based on a new
worship hymnal released just last year "Lift Up Your Hearts" with a wide
array of contemporary music, new hymns, world music and, of course,
many of the classics. Silver Creek Community Church is located just off
of County Road 8 by Elliot Avenue in Silver Creek.
Square Foot Gardening classes begin March 4
Do you want the best soil possible for your garden? Learn a way to
generate quality ‘weed free’soil for the Square Foot Garden system. Mel
Bartholomew, founder of SFG, visited Minnesota last July, generating
lots of excitement for creating the most productive gardens ever. The
Square Foot Gardening class will share his 10 steps with handouts, pic-
tures and opportunities to purchase the latest SFG books and local soil
mix. This class is an introduction to Square Foot Gardening, which can
be in ground, in a box or containers and that utilizes less water, less space
and less work. Visit www.gardeningww <http://www.gardeningww/>.org
for more information for this class hosted by SFG certified gardeners,
Patrick and Connie Lahr. Please check your local Community Education
Bulletin to sign up in your area. All classes begin at 7 p.m. for one hour
plus discussion. Classes will be hosted in the following cities on the fol-
lowing dates: St. Michael, March 4; Buffalo, March 10; Howard Lake,
March 11; Monticello, March 13; and Delano, March 18.
First-time home buyer’s seminar
Wright County Community Action (WCCA) offers a first-time home
buyer’s seminar (Home Stretch) which will cover a variety of topics re-
lated to the home buying process. Area lenders, real estate agents, and
other housing professionals will instruct the workshop. This program is
approved to meet the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Requirements
and the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) Requirements.
WCCA will be offering 3 FREE classes in the month of March. March
4: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 449 West Broadway, Mon-
ticello. March 13 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Montrose Community Center, 200
Center Ave S, Montrose. March 29 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Albertville City
Hall, 5959 Main Ave NE, Albertville.
Irish Pre-Party, formerly the Irish Gala, is March 8
The Irish Pre-Party, formerly known as the Irish Gala, will be Saturday,
March 8, at the Maple Lake American Legion Club. A social hour and
silent auction will begin at 5:30, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m., enter-
tainment by ventriloquist David Malmberg at 7:30 p.m. and the awards
ceremony at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Star Bank, Cenex, Roger’s
BP Amoco, Maple Lake Lumber and Irish Blessings.
Programs & Events
continued on page 5
Offering a nutritious meal in
a warm, caring atmosphere with
friendship and fun. Everyone
welcome. The Senior Dining
Center is located at Maple Manor
West, 555 2nd St. W. For more
information, call 320-963-5771.
MONDAY, March 3
Country Fried Steak,
Whipped Potatoes w/Gravy, Cin-
namon Carrots, Whole Wheat
Bread, Fruit Cocktail
TUESDAY, March 4
Porqupine Meatballs in
Tomato Sauce, Rice, Steamed
Cabbage, Pear Slices, Molasses
Salmon Boat or Meat Loaf,
Baked Potato, Creamed Peas,
Wheat Bread, Coconut Pie
BBQ Riblet, AuGratin Pota-
toes, Vegetable Medley, Corn
Bread Muffin/Honey, Apricots
FRIDAY, March 7
Tuna-Noodle Casserole or
Goulash, Green Beans, Warm
Fruit Compote, Chocoate
Senior Dining menu March 3 - March 7
Wright County Public Health
offers cholesterol testing in the
Wellness on Wheels (WOW) van.
For WOW van sites, appointments
or questions, call Rosemary at 682-
7717 or toll free, 1-800-362-3667,
Ext. 7717.
Wellness on Wheels Services in-
clude: Adult and Child Immuniza-
tions; Health Screening: Blood
Pressure, Diabetes, Cholesterol (by
appointment), Pregnancy, Health
and Wellness; Child Car Seat Check
(by appointment); Information
about: Healthy Lifestyle - Exercise,
Nutrition, Recommendations for
Routine Medical Care, Safety - In-
dividual, Home, Car Seat, Preg-
nancy, Childbirth, Parenting, Child
Health, Growth & Development,
Reproductive Health & Family
Planning, Infectious Diseases,
Chronic Illness, Unhealthy
Lifestyle Behaviors, such as Smok-
ing, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Un-
safe Sex; Information and
Assistance in Accessing Resources.
For appointments or questions,
call 763-682-7717, or toll-free at 1-
800-362-3667, ext. 7717. For im-
munizations, bring past
immunization records to the van, if
available. * Van hours Monday
through Thursday are from 2 p.m.
to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9
a.m. to 1 p.m.
Upcoming dates:
Wednsday, Feb. 26: Howard
Lake Foods, Howard Lake
Thursday, Feb. 27: Bank West,
Monday, March 3: Coborn’s.
Tuesday, March 4: DJ’s, Al-
Wednesday, March 5: Wal-
mart, Buffalo
The complete WOW van sched-
ule is available online at:
Wright County Public Health
offers cholesterol testing in the
Wellness on Wheels (WOW) Van.
The entire test takes about 30 min-
utes. We have two different test op-
tions. A 12 hour fast is required for
a lipid profile including blood sugar
screening. The cost is $35. A non-
fasting test is also available. This
test gives your total cholesterol and
HDL. The cost is $25.
Wellness on Wheels
55+ Driver Improvement Program
The Minnesota Highway Safety
Center will be offering 55+ Driver
Improvement Program courses on
the following days:
March 6 (8 Hour First Time
Course); 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.,
Buffalo Presbyterian Church, 507
County Road 134, Buffalo.
The Driver Improvement
course is open to the public; pre-
registration is required. A MN
Highway Safety & Research Cen-
ter certified instructor teaches this
class. By utilizing the most up-to-
date research in the field, partici-
pants will be provided the latest
information in regards to driver
safety, new laws, and vehicle tech-
nology. The fee for the four-hour re-
fresher course is $20.00 and the
eight-hour course is $24.00. For
more information or to register, visit or call
TOLL FREE 1-(888)-234-1294.
Persons age 55 and older who
complete the course qualify for a
10% discount on their auto insur-
ance premiums for three years, ac-
cording to Minnesota law.
First-time participants must com-
plete the initial eight hours of train-
ing and a four-hour refresher class
every three years to maintain the
10% discount.
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February 26, 2014
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Health has
J a m e s
Smith as its
new chief
ope r a t i ng
o f f i c e r .
Smith was
formerly the head of Allina
Health’s inpatient and residential
mental health and chemical de-
pendency services for many of
its hospitals, as well as holding
system-wide operational respon-
sibility for emergency room cri-
sis assessments, tele-health and
the entire clinic service line.
“Jim comes to Meridian with an
impressive track record of guid-
ing strategic growth in behav-
ioral health programs,” Meridian
President and CEO Fran
Sauvageau said. “He’s the right
person coming at the perfect
time for Meridian and its stake-
Meridian is the largest for-
profit behavioral healthcare
company in Minnesota, offering
a range of substance abuse and
addiction treatment services, in-
cluding medication-assisted
treatment. At a time when the re-
gion suffers from a shortage of
behavioral health services,
Meridian continues to add facil-
ities and programs. In January,
Meridian acquired Douglas
Place in East Grand Forks, an
85-bed residential addiction fa-
cility for adults, young adults
and Native Americans. In
March, Meridian will open a 23-
bed men’s residential treatment
program in Mahtomedi; and
break ground on a new, state-of-
the-art 48-bed residential pro-
gram in St. Francis.
Smith comes to Meridian
with an extensive career pedi-
gree in operations, human re-
sources and business
development. Over the past
eight years at Allina Health, he
provided operational leadership
of nearly 300 inpatient beds
across 11 hospitals, 33 inte-
grated primary care clinics, three
hospital-based clinics and emer-
gency room department assess-
ment and referral staff. Smith
created the system’s Patient Ad-
visory Council to empower pa-
tients, as well as leading formal
and informal structures for
cross-functional collaboration
and initiatives around patient
care, population health, patient
affordability, and organizational
vitality. Prior to Allina, he
served in a variety of senior
roles at Right Management, Tar-
get Corporation, Jostens and
Carlson Companies.
“I’m thrilled to be joining
Meridian during this exciting
time of growth,” Smith said. “It
will be my mission to support
Meridian’s continued efforts of
delivering consistent and great
care across its continuum of ad-
diction treatment services. And I
look forward to further estab-
lishing Meridian as an addiction
treatment leader.”
Smith is the son of Don and
Lucille Smith, of Maple Lake.
Smith to lead Meridian
Behavioral Health expansion
Maple Lake Messenger Page 5
February 26, 2014
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Feb. 25 - March 2
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Annandale: Hwy. 55 • (320) 274-3828
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Programs & Events
continued from page 4
8 Oak Ave. N., Maple Lake
Ph.: 320-963-3726
Pastor: John Meyer
Interim School Principal: Dawn Kincs
SAT.: 3:30-4:15 p.m., Confessions; 4:30
p.m., Mass.
SUN.: 8 & 10 a.m., Mass.
400 County Rd. 37 NE, Maple Lake
Ph.: 320-963-3118
"" bethuc-
SUN.: 9:30 a.m., Worship; 10:30 a.m., Fel-
lowship; 11 a.m., Confirmation.
WED.: 7 p.m., Choir.
5460 63rd St. NW, Box 462, Maple Lake
Ph.: 763-463-9447
Pastors: Steven King and Culynn Curtis
Visitors Are Always Welcome!
THURS.: 7 p.m., Revelation Bible Study.
SUN.: 8 a.m., Traditional Service; 9:15
a.m., Education Hour; 10:30 a.m., Contem-
porary Service.
MON.: 1 p.m., First of All Prayer Group,
11390 Elliott Ave. N.W., M.L.
Ph.: 763-878-2820
Pastor: Rev. George W. Sagissor III
SUN.: 10 a.m., Worship Service; 11:15
a.m., Sunday School, Bible Study.
4282 114th St. NW, Maple Lake, MN
3 miles so. of I-94 on Co. Rd. 143,
just off Hwy. 8; Ph.: 320-963-3957; 605-
Pastor: Luke Baehr
SUN.: 9 a.m., Worship; 10:30 a.m., Sunday
School, Bible Study.
10252 St. Hwy. 55 N.W., Annandale
Ph.: 320-274-8951
Pastor: Dennis L. Johnson
THURS: 1:30 p.m., Moms in Prayer; 7
p.m., CryOut Practice.
FRI.-SAT.: 6 p.m., Men’s Retreat.
SUN.: 8:15 a.m., Prayer; 8:30 & 11 a.m.,
Worship; 9:45 a.m., Sunday School, Klip-
penes Reception; 6 p.m., Gospel Life, Dis-
covery Class.
MON.: 9 a.m., Grandmas in Prayer; 7 p.m.,
Men’s Bible Study.
TUES.: 3:30 p.m., Friends of Faith; 7 p.m.,
Celebrate Recovery.
WED.: 2 p.m., Young at Heart; 6 p.m.,
Awana; 7 p.m., Women’s Bible Study,
Solid Rock, Leadership Night.
250 Oak Ave. N., Box 329, Annan.
Ph.: 320-274-5127
Pastor: Marilee Benson
FRI.: 7:30 p.m., Narcotics Anonymous.
SUN.: 9 a.m., Worship Service; 10:15 a.m.,
Coffee Fellowship, Sunday School.
TUES.: 8 p.m., AA/Al-Anon.
7809 Co. Rd. 35 W., Annandale
Ph.: 320-963-3592
Pastor: Lynn Machula
THURS.: 2 p.m.,
SUN.: 9:30 a.m., Worship Service; 10:30
a.m., Sunday School & Bible Study.
WED.: 4:30 p.m., Bible Study.
PO Box 1020, Annandale
Location: Hwy. 55, next to The Market-
Ph.: 320-248-6024
Lead Pastor: Jason Pence & Facebook
SUN.: 10:30 a.m., Worship Service; Ener-
gized Music and Quality Children’s Pro-
grams Provided.
1284 Keats Ave. N.W., Annandale
Ph.: 320-963-3284
Pastor: Marianne Zitzewitz
SUN.: 9:30 a.m., Worship w/Communion.
331 W. Harrison St., Annandale
Ph.: 320-274-8827
Pastor: Dave E. Nelson
SUN.: 8:30 Traditional Worship; 10 a.m.,
Contemporary Worship.
200 2nd Ave. NE, Buffalo
Ph.: 763-682-3582
Pastor: Devin Locati
SAT.: 9:45 a.m., Bible Study; 11 a.m.,
Church Service.
1705 Hwy. 25 N., Buffalo, Mo. Syn.
Pastor: Rob Jarvis
Ph.: 763-682-3278;
SUN.: 9 a.m., Worship Service; 10:30 a.m.,
Bible Study and Sunday School.
TUES.: 8 p.m., Young Adults Group.
WED.: 10 a.m., Bible Study; 7 p.m., Con-
firmation Class.
WED.: Discussion Group Meets the 2nd &
4th Wednesday, Sept. thru May, 7:30 p.m.,
at Buffalo Community Center, Across the
Street from the Post Office at 206 Central
Ave. (Hwy. 25). For More Information,
Call Luke at 763-682-4616 or Visit Everyone is welcome.
2051 50th Street NE, Buffalo, MN
(corner of Hwy. 25 N. & County Rd. 113)
Ph. 763-682-6846;
Senior Pastor: Brian Thorstad
THURS.: 7 p.m., Small Groups; 7:30 a.m.,
AA& Al-Anon.
FRI.: 6 a.m., Men’s Small Group; 7 p.m.,
Small Groups.
SUN.: 9:30 a.m., Worship Service, Coffee
Fellowship, Children’s Church; 11 a.m.,
Sunday School for All Ages; 6 p.m., Youth
Groups; 7 p.m., Small Group.
MON.: 7 p.m., Women’s Bible Study; 7:30
p.m., Al-Anon.
TUES.: 7 p.m., Knitting Ministry; 7:30
p.m., Men’s Small Group, AA, GA.
WED.: 6:30 p.m., Awana, Choir Practice.
1601 Hwy. 25 N., Buffalo
Ph.: 763-682-1470
Lead Pastor: Max Frazier
SAT.: 8 a.m., Men’s Breakfast; 9 a.m.,
Grand Prix Car Workshop; 9:30 a.m.,
Women’s Daniel Bible Study.
SUN.: 8 a.m., Traditional Worship; 9:30 &
11 a.m., Contemporary Worship, Swim-
ming Upstream; 11 a.m., Confirmation
Class; 12:45 p.m., Awana Game Team
Practice; 6:30 p.m., Chill Out, S.N.I.P.P.
MON.: 9 a.m., Prayer Group; 1 p.m.,
Women’s Bible Study; 6:30 p.m., Women’s
Commission; 7 p.m., BBI-Matthew, Iron
Men’s Monthly Meeting.
TUES.: 6 a.m., Deep Waters; 9 a.m.,
MOPS; 1:30 p.m., S.A.L.T. Planning
Meeting; 6 p.m., Grief Share; 6:30 p.m.,
Divorce Care; 7 p.m., Prayer for Healing,
Women’s Bible Study.
WED.: 9 a.m., Shuffleboard; 5 p.m.,
Awana Supper; 6 p.m., Awana, Hang Time;
6:30 p.m., 9th Grade Confirmation.
THURS.: 6:30 p.m., Worship Team Prac-
tice; 6:45 p.m., Choir Rehearsal; 8 p.m.,
Deep Waters.
12449 Clementa Ave. NW, Monticello
Pastor: Jim Tetlie, 763-878-2092
Secretary’s office hours are: 9 a.m. to 3
Tuesdays, Wednesday & Thursday
SUN.: 10 a.m., Worship Service.
Affiliated with Evangelical Free Ch.
Box 171, Montrose; 763-675-3003
Interim Pastor: Dawson Grover; 612-978-
SUN.: 10 a.m., Worship at Montrose Ele-
mentary School Gymnasium.
8464 160th St. N.W.
Clearwater, MN; 320-558-2750
Interim Pastor: Bob Morton
SUN.: 10:30 a.m., Worship Service.
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24 pack
1/2 liter btls
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Coke Products
$ 2/ 98
(2/$14.98 without
Shopper’s Value
Boneless, Skinless
Reeser’s 8 pack
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3 lb bag
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Chicken Breast
1 lb loaf bread Assorted Flavors - 6 ct pkg
$ 99
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White American or
Yellow American Cheese
Chicken Dinner
2 Pieces white or dark chicken with
mashed potatoes , coleslaw and roll
Potato Salad
14.4-16 oz pkg
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4 lb bag
Ketchup Doritos
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Stuffing Mix
Honey Nut
Swiss Miss
Hot Cocoa Mix
Land O Lakes
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Twin Pack
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12.25 oz box
General Mills
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5.68-5.96 oz can
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Beef Stew Meat
New York Steak
Boneless Beef
Mrs. Gerry’s
Sunkist, A&W,
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12 pk cans
American Bottling
2 liter btls
American Bottling
$ 3/
$ 4/
10 lb bag
Green Giant
6.3-7.6 oz pkg
Limit one with coupon. Limit one coupon per household. Valid only at
The Marketplace, Annandale & Cokato, MN. Good thru 3-2-14.
1 lb quarters
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Lila M.
Paumen, 80,
of Buffalo,
passed away
on Friday,
Feb. 14,
2014, at
Park Terrace
A s s i s t e d
Living in
She was born on April 27,
1933, in South Haven, the
daughter of James and Agnes
Hoffman Haverty.
Lila graduated in 1950 from
Maple Lake High School.
On June 2, 1951, Lila M.
Haverty and Kenneth J. Pau-
men were united in marriage at
St. Timothy Catholic Church in
Maple Lake. God blessed their
marriage with five children.
Lila was formerly employed
at The Buffalo Hospital for
many years and later at Park
View Care Center as a ward
secretary. Lila was an artist and
enjoyed painting, was an avid
walker and enjoyed flowers and
gardening. She was a faithful
member of St. Francis Xavier
Catholic Church in Buffalo.
She is survived by her loving
children: Debra (Bruce) Otten,
Rebecca (Bruce) Ruhe and Lee
(Kimi) Paumen, all of Buffalo;
a son in law: James Smail of
Yorktown, Va.; grandchildren:
Andrea (Joe) Kennedy and
Emily Smail, Ryan (Carrie)
Otten and Rachel Otten,
Charles Otten and Tara (Pete)
Sarvie, Cord (Erin) Paumen and
Jacquelyn Paumen; six great
grandchildren; sisters: Phyllis
Farniok, of Macomb, Ill.; Mary
(Clifford) Stumpf, of Owa-
tonna; and Sandra (Stephen)
Anderson, of Buffalo; other rel-
atives and friends.
She is preceded in death by
her husband: Kenneth J. Pau-
men, daughter: Diane Smail,
son: Dean Paumen, her parents:
James and Agnes Haverty and
her sister: Dorothy Hudek.
A Mass of Christian Burial
for Lila Paumen was at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 26, at St.
Francis Xavier Catholic Church
in Buffalo. Father David Hen-
nen will be the Celebrant. Inter-
ment will follow at St. Francis
Xavier Cemetery. A visitation
was from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 25, at The Peterson Chapel
in Buffalo. Casket bearers were
Lila’s grandchildren: Andrea
Kennedy, Emily Smail, Ryan
Otten, Rachel Otten, Charles
Otten, Tara Sarvie, Cord Pau-
men and Jacquelyn Paumen.
The Peterson Chapel in Buf-
falo is serving the family. On-
line condolences may be made
Lila M. Paumen, Buffalo
Maple Lake • 320-963-5731
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& Videos Online
Greg and Heather Pribyl of
Hanover are proud to announce
the birth of their daughter,
Claire Margaret Pribyl, on Janu-
ary 10, 2014.
Delivered at North Memorial
Medical Center in Robbinsdale,
she weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz. and
measured 19 3/4 inches.
Siblings: Roy Pribyl
Grandparents: Laura Manthie
of Maple Lake, MN and Daniel
Manthie of Ogilvie, Daniel and
Mary Jo Pribyl of Maple Lake
Great-grandparents: Dorla
Manthie of Maple Lake, and Sue
Langanki of Waverly.
Birth Announcement
CCW Deanery Lenten Retreat is March 11
The Council of Catholic Women invites all area women to the annual
Deanery Lenten Retreat on Tuesday, March 11, at Christ the King Retreat
Center, 621 First Ave. S, Buffalo. The day begins with registration at 9
a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. The topic for the day will be “Renew my Heart.”
For reservations call 763-682-1394.
Registration open for St. Patrick’s Day events
The 37th annual Maple Lake St. Patrick's Day Festival will be Satur-
day, March 15. It will begin with the Craft Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in
the Maple Lake Elementary gym. Information may be obtained by calling
Betty Gordon at 963-5351 or by visiting the Maple Lake Chamber of
Commerce website at
The Irish Scamper 5K will begin at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Di-
vision Street and Birch Avenue, with registration at 9 a.m. at the high
school. For more information, visit
The parade will take place rain, snow or shine at 1:30 p.m. with line-
up starting at 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Division and Park in down-
town Maple Lake. Parade entries are currently being accepted and are due
by March 4. Applications may be dropped off at Roger's BP Amoco,
mailed to P.O. Box 267 in Maple Lake or emailed to Registration forms may be found on the chamber
website or at
The coronation of the new Maple Lake Ambassadors will take place
following the parade, starting at about 4:30 p.m. in the Maple Lake High
School gym. Parade awards will also be presented during the program.
'Goodbye winter… Hello Spring?' is March 13
Whatever the weather, the "Goodbye winter...Hello Spring?" brunch
at 9:30 a.m. March 13 at Reichel's Event Center, Annandale, is certain to
brighten your day. Tricia Manuel, also known as Pricilla Mooseburger
the clown, from Maple Lake Costume Shoppe, will remind us of the fun
of being transformed into a clown, a queen, a pioneer or Cinderella. Great
music will be presented by The Strand Family; and speaker Elly Mc-
Daniel, changed by living in a Third World country will talk about "What
We Take for Granted." Invite friends and make reservations by calling
Sheree before 8 p.m. at 320-963-6625, Dawn at 612-723-3905 or email: Sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries.
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Programs and Events deadline is 4 p.m. Monday. If your infor-
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General Construction
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15 Years of
St. Timothy’s School’s Catholic Schools Week activities included many service projects. One of these projects was "Valen-
tines for Veterans." The students have been making Valentines for Veterans for many years during Catholic Schools Week.
Sally Custer, a member of the VFW Auxiliary, and a Foster Grandparent for Annandale Schools, has headed the project for
many years. Each year, she collects the valentines and distributes them to the St. Cloud and Minneapolis Veterans Hospitals.
Shown creating valentines are Mary Grace Gendreau, Bridgett Donnett, and Isabella Gresens. (Photo by Sharon Latour)
February is “I Love to Read Month” and Maple Lake Elementary’s theme is “PAWS for Reading,” which has included several
dog-related activities. (Clockwise, from top left) Fourth graders Alyssa Hadler, Kylie Edmonson and Kenyon Kingsbury don
their dog disguises on dog dress-up day on Feb. 7. Sawyer Ogilvie takes his turn in the doghouse-shaped continuous read-
ing stage in the front of MLE. Gabriel George reads to Penny the dog and handler Carol Sideen. Handler Mike Jennings
brought therapy dog Aspen for MLE students. Mayor Lynn Kissock introduced her Huskie Cody to the students and taught
about dog sleds. Mrs. Kolehmainen’s first-grade class made their own dog costumes. (Photos by Kath Heffron)
Maple Lake Messenger Page 6
February 26, 2014
MONDAY, March 3
Bagel & yogurt or choice of
2 cereals, whole wheat
toast, jelly/margarine, fruit
selection, milk
TUESDAY, March 4
Breakfast burrito, salsa or
choice of 2 cereals, whole
wheat toast, jelly/margarine,
fruit selection, milk
WG pancake on a stick
w/syrup or choice of 2 cere-
als, whole wheat toast,
jelly/margarine, fruit selec-
tion, milk
Breakfast pizza or choice of
2 cereals, whole wheat
toast, jelly/margarine, fruit
selection, milk
FRIDAY, March 7
Iced cinnamon roll or
choice of 2 cereals, whole
wheat toast, jelly/margarine,
fruit selection, milk
MONDAY, March 3
Combo sliders, chef salad or
chicken nuggets, garlic
toast, hot turkey & cheese
on WG bun, tomato soup;
green peas, cucumNber
slices, garbanzo beans;
fresh fruit, canned fruit,
TUESDAY, March 4
Turkey ranch wrap, crispy
chicken salad or hot dog on
WG bun, baked beans,
pulled pork sandwich,
baked beans; spinach salad,
baby carrots, jicama sticks;
fresh fruit, canned fruit,
Yogurt pak, taco salad or
baked fish fillet, green
beans, homemade lasagna,
green beans; broccoli flo-
rets, black beans, cucum-
bers; fresh fruit, canned
fruit, milk
Deli sandwich, turkey BLT
salad or hamburger on WG
bun, sweet potato fries, pop-
corn chicken, rice, orange
sauce; corn salad, cherry
tomatoes, cauliflower; fresh
fruit, canned fruit, milk
FRIDAY, March 7
Turkey sub, chicken Caesar
salad or homemade cheese
bread w/marinara sauce, ri-
blet sandwich, carrots; ro-
maine salad, baby carrots,
cherry tomatoes; fresh fruit,
canned fruit, milk
District 881 menus
School News
‘PAWS for Reading’
Fun Night is Thursday
Come one, come all to
Maple Lake Elementary’s
“PAWS for Reading” Fun
Night on Thursday. The event
starts at 5:30 p.m. with a $2
meal from the hot dog stand –
including a hot dog, chips,
cookie and milk and additional
hot dogs for $1 more – until
6:15 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the
main event will begin with
nine staff readers with picture
books, one staff member
singing and reading poems,
Title I reading games and ac-
tivities, facepainting and other
picture opportunities. Parents
are encouraged to have their
cameras handy.
11th annual Pops
Concert is Monday
The 11th annual Pops Con-
cert will be at 6:30 p.m. Mon-
day, March 3, in the Maple
Lake High School gym. The
concert features fifth- through
12th-grade students from
MLE, MLHS and St. Timo-
thy’s School. Admission at the
door is $2 for adults and $1 for
students and seniors. The band
boosters will be selling conces-
sions including pizza, brown-
ies, ice cream and beverages.
Raffle tickets will also be sold
for chances to win great prizes
from area businesses. The
grand prize is a pair of Wild
hockey tickets.
MLE Kindergarten
Round-up, registration
is March 4
The Maple Lake Elemen-
tary Kindergarten Round-up
and registration is set for Tues-
day, March 4, for all children
who are 5-years-old on or be-
fore Sept. 1, and planning to
enter kindergarten next fall.
The tentative schedule is:
Last Names A-J: 5:30
Last Names K-Z: 6:15
Individuals who are new to
the area and have a child who
will be eligible for kinder-
garten next fall, are asked to
please contact the elementary
office at 320-963-3024 as soon
as possible.
Speech team takes
fifth at home meet
The Maple Lake High
School speech team took fifth
place as they hosted 16 other
teams and 300 competitors at
the 11th annual Maple Lake
Speech Ball on Saturday. Plac-
ing for the Irish were Maddie
Nelson, fourth in discussion
and seventh in extemporane-
ous speaking; Blair Stewig,
fifth in discussion; Abbby
Bentley, sixth; Dylan
Schlueter, seventh place in dis-
cussion; Tyler Russell, third
place in great speeches; Victo-
ria Rollings, eighth place in
great speeches; and Jill Boros,
eighth place in serious drama.
Post Prom Party,
Schwans partnering
for fundraiser
A new fundraising partner-
ship with Schwans will benefit
the Maple Lake High School
Post Prom Party. Visit
post-prom or mention the
Maple Lake Post Prom when
placing an order and between
20 to 40 percent of the pur-
chase will be donated to sup-
port the event.
Simonette receives
UW-Stout chancellor’s
Nina Simonette, of Maple
Lake, received the University
of Wisconsin-Stout chancel-
lor’s award for the fall 2013 se-
mester for earning a grade
point average of 3.5 or better.
DeChene graduates
from UW-Superior
Nicholas DeChene, of
Maple Lake, graduated from
the University of Wisconsin-
Superior with a Bachelor of
Science degree in sociology on
Dec. 14, 2013.
Then graduates from
U of M-Morris
Devon Then, of Silver
Creek, graduated from the Uni-
versity of Minnesota-Morris in
the fall of 2013 with a degree
in biology.
In the story titled “Snow
days extend school year to
June 4,” it was incorrectly
stated that licensed staff
salaries would increase by
about 5.4 percent over two
years under a contract the
school board approved with
the Maple Lake Federation of
Teachers. However, it was the
total package – including
salary, step increases and ben-
efits – that increased 5.4 per-
cent. The Messenger
apologizes for the error and
any confusion it caused.
Sixth-grade students in Jen-
nifer DesMarais-Holland’s cre-
ative arts class wrote “I believe”
Nikki Wilson I believe that
friends who care can let you
down but that we should learn to
forgive, and that love can crum-
ble but it can also be put back to-
gether again. I believe we can be
different but shouldn’t think we
have to change ourselves. I be-
lieve you can be an individual
and still be who you want to be
in a polite way. I believe in mir-
acles and that we should be en-
thusiastic. We all hit rough spots
throughout life but we should
make our own choices, get back
up and shine right through those
spots. I believe that you can’t
just dream that you will succeed
but that you must act on what
you believe to become success-
ful. I believe in family joy dur-
ing holidays. I believe in faith,
hope, and laughs and that need
to open your eyes in life to see
the pretty faces and get out there
and sing and shout aloud…. “I
Jaden Welch I believe that
everyone who goes to church,
listens carefully, and puts what
they learn into practice in their
life will go to heaven.
I believe that someday soon
Jesus will come again and take
me off the earth either through
death or His coming.
I believe that everyone has
good in them but some people
don’t always show it.
I believe that there was a
Saint Nick who put gold in socks
for girls, but that he’s dead now.
I believe that as the years go
by the U.S. will become a worse
place for Christians like me.
I believe that the U.S. is head-
ing towards its own destruction.
I believe that there was once
a man that was 969 years old.
His name was Methuselah.
I believe every word, sen-
tence, and syllable of the Bible
is true.
I believe that Jesus and God
are the same person but through
His power can be separated.
I believe that one day every
knee will bow to the Lord.
I believe that you can only be
married to the opposite gender,
no male and male, no female and
I believe that everyone
should go to Jesus, and that He
doesn’t hurt us.
Halie Mickelson I believe
there is a frown behind every
smile and that there is a light at
the end of every tunnel no matter
how long it is. I believe that you
should show compassion for one
another and respect people be-
cause you never know what they
are going through. I believe
friendship should grow strong
no matter what the ups and
downs are, and that everyone
should be forgiven. I believe that
gifts aren’t the important things
that matter but the people who
are there for you are. Friends can
bring out the best things you see
in life. “I believe.”
Grace Anderson I believe
that you can only go to heaven
even though some people don’t
agree. I believe God loves you
even if you don’t go to church,
and that you can be close to God
wherever you are. I believe that
respect is the kindest thing you
can show someone. I believe that
at my age we should be mature
enough not to laugh or groan
when we hear the nineteenth
amendment. I believe that the
one thing you will always need
is love. I believe that if someone
said they were your true friend
they would need to prove it.
Students ‘PAWS for Reading’ at MLE
‘Valentines for Veterans’ at St. Tim’s
Maple Lake Messenger Page 7
February 26, 2014
Maple Lake Elementary’s Parents In Education group hosted
its Club’s Choice fundraiser and challenged students to raise
$7,600, in order to purchase a Traverse Climbing Wall for the
gym. The students met their goal and were rewarded with
the eight-foot tall wall that will help them improve balance,
strength, coordination, independence, self-esteem, positive
risk-taking, problem solving, memory, language and math
skills. When the wall is not in use, the floor pad folds up and
is locked in place to keep students from climbing unsuper-
vised on the wall. (Photo by Gabe Licht)
Out & About Out & About
by Gabe Licht
Arrows have been flying and
bows have been bending in the
Maple Lake High School Activity
It’s all a part of a two-week
archery unit for seventh- and
eighth-grade students.
Physical education teachers
Leah Davis and Tim Knudsen
have been teaching the “11 steps to
success in archery:” stance, nock,
draw hand set, bow hand set, pre-
draw, draw, anchor, aim, shot set
up release and follow through.
Students have learned how to in-
corporate those steps into their
shooting as they played a combi-
nation of games like tic tac toe,
Battleship and number games and
shot at balloons and paper plate an-
imal heads.
“It gives all students the oppor-
tunity to be successful and maybe
begin a love for something they
never knew they were good at,”
Davis said. “Archery is a great
recreational sport that builds self-
esteem and we are excited to bring
it back to Maple Lake Schools.”
Maple Lake High School seventh graders Shelby Ankerfelt, Emmalynn Johnston and Garret Fadden; paraprofessional
Amy Bryant; and seventh graders Matthew O’ Sullivan, Samantha Price, Lillian Workman, Sean Cranston, Jordan
Mortenson, Lily Feikema and Darby Vasser take part in an archery lesson taught by Leah Davis. (Photo by Gabe Licht)
Maple Lake students learn archery skills PIE raises funds for
climbing wall at MLE
continued on page 10
2014 Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce
Irish Pre-Party
Let’s make some ‘Green’ for the Chamber
Saturday, March 8
at the Maple Lake American Legion
With Comic Ventriloquist
David Malmberg
Tickets are $30 and can
be purchased in advance at Maple Lake
Lumber, Roger’s BP Amoco, and Star Bank.
Come Celebrate with our 37th Grand
Marshal Greg Thomas, Commodore
Award winners, Maple Lake Business
of the Year winner and Chamber
Member of the ear winner.
Social Hour: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Silent Auction: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Entertainment: 7:30 p.m.
Awards: 8:30 p.m.
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Members & Guests Welcome • (Please sign our guest book)
Open Daily 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
• This Week’s Donations •
Friday Night Meat Raffle proceeds: Maple Lake Legion Baseball &
Maple Lake/Annandale Gymnastics
• 2 for 1 Tuesdays: 7-11 PM (Bar Rail, Tap Beer & Domestic
Bottle Beer) - NO DRINK CHIPS -
• Wednesdays: 7-11 PM 12oz. Tap Beers - $1.25
• Thursdays: 6-11 PM $1 off Large Pizzas (Dine-in Only)
Saturday, March 8:
Irish Pre-Party
5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 15:
B.L.T. • 3-7 p.m.
Diamond Back • 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Join Us for Green Beer, Irish Stew, and
Burgers during & after the Parade!
Miller Lite 12 oz. cans $3.50
Saturday, March 1:
Big Boss Gobblers 20th Annual Banquet
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets: Call Adrian Gunnerson 612-618-8452
Friday, March 7:
Big T’s DJ & Karoke
8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
The Annandale Lions Clubs announces...
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• Game 1: 37 #s - Win $200
• Game 8: 60 #s - Win $500
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Every Monday night at 6:30 p.m.
All proceeds go to the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota
Time: Saturday, March 8th at 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
(last time to bowl is from 3-4 p.m.)
Place: Maple Lake Bowling Alley
Cost: Adults are $7 and Kids are $3
(includes show rental and 1 hour of bowling)
Walk-Ins Welcome!
Call Claire Austin for reservations: 612-245-9571

100 1ST AVE NE (763) 682-3000
Week of Feb. 28 - March 6
Philomena (PG-13)
11:40am, 2:20, 4:30, 7:15, 9:15
• Son of God (PG-13)
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12:00, 4:15, 9:00
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Maple Lake Messenger Page 8
February 26, 2014
Several Lightning wrestlers place, four going to state
by Hunter Hicks
Sports Writer
For many wrestlers, Saturday
was the last day they would get an
opportunity to step foot on a mat
competitively for nine months.
With the state tournament looming
around the corner, the Annandale-
Maple Lake Lightning had one
more shot at an Xcel Energy Cen-
ter appearance. The boys had great
optimism for good finishes at the
6AA Individual Section tourna-
ment, however the choice compe-
tition made qualifying anything but
ANML spent the previous
week grinding through intense,
grueling practice in anticipation for
the cultivation of their season.
Many wrestlers had a “Win or go
home” mantra in mind as Friday
approached. Unfortunately, Mother
Nature once again had a different
opinion on Friday night's sched-
uled start time, with the massive
snowstorm Thursday night can-
celling all of the early weekend's
activities. This curveball imposed
a new format for the tournament.
The once well-spaced two-day
competition was crammed into a
hectic, 14-hour day of nonstop
The boys arrived at the home of
the Becker Bulldogs at 8 a.m., ac-
companied by eight other talented
6AA teams. The routine weigh-in
was followed by two and a half
hours for the wrestlers to eat and
brace themselves for the strenuous
day ahead of them.
The first round began at 11 a.m.,
with only freshman wrestlers Trae
Bedford at 152 pounds and Derek
Tomberlin at 170 pounds having
matches. Bedford took a com-
manding lead early and took his
match by a 15-4 major decision,
and Tomberlin grabbed his victory
with a pin at 2:00.
Quarterfinals held many more
matches for the Lightning, with
only 106-pound sophomore
Holden Youngs receiving a bye to
the semi-finals.
At 113 pounds, freshman Nate
Carlson won with a fall over An-
drew Berglund.
At 120 pounds, sophomore
Tanner Vassar took the victory over
Logan Nelson by fall in 58 sec-
At 126 pounds, eighth grader
Quinn Youngs fell to Tom Keskey
At 132 pounds, senior Joe
Mosley earned an 11-3 major deci-
sion victory over Connor Peterson.
At 138 pounds, freshman
Hunter Malachek fell 4-14 to Trey-
ton Austfold.
At 145 pounds, junior Walker
Rask fell 1-12 to Brandon Halver-
At 152 pounds, freshman Trae
Bedford lost by fall to Carter Niel-
son in 1:19.
At 160 pounds, senior Bennett
Erickson lost by fall to Zack Zim-
mer in 1:39.
At 170 pounds, freshman Derek
Tomberlin lost by fall to Bobby
Lee in 2:45.
At 182 pounds, freshman
Joseph Driscoll lost by a 6-21 tech-
nical fall to Tyler Midas.
At 195 pounds, junior Spencer
Ogden took the victory by fall over
Dillon O'Leary in 5:27.
At 220 pounds, junior Josh Gin-
dele lost by fall to Noah Welsh in
At 285 pounds, senior Dustin
Doucette fell short 0-1 to Brandon
The semifinal round included
five ANML wrestlers
At 106 pounds, Youngs lost a
close, 1-2 match to Josh Lumley.
At 113 pounds, Carlson took a
narrow, 6-2 victory over Sam Tib-
At 132 pounds, Mosley took a
close, 2-5 loss to Hunter Smith.
At 195 pounds, Ogden grabbed
a 5-2 victory over Luke Palmer.
The finals round solidified four
wrestlers heading on the "Big
Show" at the Xcel Energy Center
this week. With Carlson, Vassar,
and Ogden all placing second in
their last match, as well as Mosley
coming from behind and securing
state berth with a true-second
match victory, the boys will have a
few more days to represent the
Lightning for the 2013-2014 sea-
"It makes me so proud to have
seen the wrestlers approach the
tournament today with the determi-
nation they showed on the mat,"
assistant coach Steve Kosloski
said. "They gave all they had, and
that's all I can ask for. We preach
mental and physical toughness in
the wrestling room everyday, and I
feel that we achieved that this sea-
The Lightning have three more
practices left this week before the
state participants are sent off Thurs-
day morning to begin their tourna-
ment journey. The entire team will
be present to provide the four
wrestlers with moral support and
practice partners in their last chance
to better themselves before then.
The wrestlers hope to see plenty of
fan support in their last event of the
Irish girls lose to Pioneers by the slimmest of margins on the road
by Mollie Graham
Sports Writer
On the road, the Irish played
the Pierz Pioneers looking for a
season sweep. Each roster
looked a little different in this
game with Pierz back to full
strength and the Irish battling a
series of setbacks.
The Pioneers utilized their
size in the post to exploit the
Irish early. Maple Lake fought
back by attacking the basket and
getting to the free throw line.
Applying strict defense, the Irish
were able to take 15 steals,
which gave them a wide range of
fast-break opportunities. The
game continued with hustle on
both ends of the court, creating
lots of momentum for both
teams. Emily Webb notched her
third double-double of the year
with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Dropping shots, Kayla Hoisted
added 12 points to the score-
board. As the half approached,
both teams were neck-and-neck,
at 32-32.
Pierz came out of the break
with offense on their mind to go
on a 28-11 run over the course of
the first 10 minutes of the second
half, taking a 60-43 lead with
about eight minutes to go. Maple
Lake refused to give up and ap-
plied some impressive full-court
man pressure to manufacture a
25-8 run of their own, tying the
game at 68 with just under a
minute to go. Pierz came down
and made one of two from the
free throw line to take a one-
point lead with about 25 seconds
to play. On the ensuing posses-
sion, Maple Lake turned the ball
over and Pierz converted on a
layup, putting them up three
points with eight seconds to
play. After using their last time-
out, Maple Lake went the length
of the floor and made a layup,
but Pierz escaped with a 71-70
win. Rayne Coughlin scored a
career-high 35 points on 14 of 30
shooting. It is a single game
school record for points and ties
the single game record for field
“Our resilience never ceases
to amaze me,” coach Adam Ron-
nenberg said. “The girls are ca-
pable of playing incredibly hard
and that is exactly what they did
to give themselves a chance. I
am very proud of our effort.”
Assistant coach Steve Kosloski coaches Joe Mosley during
the 6AA Section Tournament.
Head coach Jason Bartels addresses his wrestlers before the 6AA Individual Section Tournament.
(Photos by Mary Christen)
Derek Tomberlin goes head-to-head with Monticello’s Connor Adrian for fifth place at 170 pounds. Tomberlin won 5-4.
Joe Mosley earns three points during a 14-6 major decision over Foley’s Logan Lunde, allowing him to wrestle for second
Maple Lake Messenger Page 9
February 26, 2014
Moose lose first playoff game
by Ashley Becker
Following their loss against
the Rogers Royals, the Monti-
cello-Annandale-Maple Lake
Moose were seeded No. 6 and
were set to play against the
No. 3 Brainerd Warriors on the
On Tuesday Feb. 18, the
varsity Moose team traveled to
the Brainerd area to face off
for a second time against the
Warriors in the first game of
The puck dropped and the
game began with both teams
playing each other evenly. At
this point, the game could go
either way.
The end of the first period
had the Warriors leading the
Moose 10-7 in shots-on-goal
and the Moose leading in
penalty minutes with six min-
utes from three infractions,
while the Warriors had only
two minutes from one infrac-
In the second period, the
game was much less even. Be-
fore the game was even one
minute into the second period,
the Warriors claimed their first
goal against the Moose. By the
end of the second period, the
Warriors had scored three
more goals and kept the
Moose from scoring any for a
4-0 lead.
At the drop of the puck for
the third period, the Moose
boys knew that they needed a
comeback, but were not able to
score on the Warriors until
there were only a couple of
minutes left in play. Scoring
for the Moose was Monticello
senior Sam Johnson assisted
by Monticello senior Mason
Vetsch and Maple Lake senior
Justin Wilson.
The Moose were down 4-1
and, in a desperate attempt to
tie up the game, the Moose
pulled senior goalie Darien
Jones to gain an extra man on
the ice. Unfortunately, with the
net empty, the Warriors were
able to score one final goal and
the game ended with a final
score of 5-1.
The loss brought the end of
the Moose’s season, while the
Warriors went on to play
against No. 2 Moorhead.
Irish boys finish regular season strong
Sifferle saves her best for state
Knudsen is a Semper Fi coach
by Kari Reid
Sports Writer
On Feb. 17 the Irish boys bas-
ketball team played at home
against the Howard Lake-Wa-
verly-Winsted Lakers. It was a
close game, but the Irish couldn’t
redeem themselves after losing to
the Lakers earlier in the season
and fell by a score of 87-82.
“This was a fun and exciting
high school basketball game, it’s
too bad we came out on the los-
ing end,” assistant coach Brad
Baumann said. “Howard Lake
came into the game playing very
well, they had won seven straight
and beat their last four opponents
by at least 13 points in each of
those, and we played them very
tough from start to finish.”
In the first half, the Irish shot
35.6 percent compared to the
Lakers’ 42.4 percent. The Irish
only missed one of their free
throws, while the Lakers missed
four. At halftime, the Irish were
up 43-36.
“Overall, our defensive effort
was pretty good, even though we
gave up a lot of points, we still
forced them into tough shots,”
Baumann said. “Unfortunately,
we did really struggle to get de-
fensive rebounds and loose balls,
especially late in the game.”
In the second half, the Irish
shooting dropped to 34.3 percent
and the Lakers went up to shoot-
ing 43.6 percent. The Lakers
forced overtime and the Irish
couldn’t overcome the Lakers,
losing by five points.
“It was one of those games
where, even though we let a lead
slip away at the end, it really
wasn’t do to us losing it, it was
more of Howard Lake just mak-
ing some big plays,” Baumann
said. “We didn’t have a lot of
turnovers and we shot a decent
David Stokman was the lead-
ing scorer with 26 points. Zach
Johnson added 19 points and
grabbed 11 rebounds.
“You just have to give them
credit: They got the big rebounds
and hit the big shots when they
needed to, and that’s kind of been
their MO all year, they’ve had
many games over the course of
the season where they’ve pulled
out a close win at the very end,
and again unfortunately for us
this was the second time they
knocked us off in overtime this
year,” said Baumann.
Pts Rbs Stls Asts
Z. Johnson 19 11 2 8
A. Schonnesen 10 3 1 -
T. Goelz 5 4 - -
D. Stokman 26 5 1 3
E. Hertwig - 2 1 -
L. Caughey 12 - - 2
N. Paumen 1 1 - -
B. Borell 9 6 1 3
On Feb. 18, the Irish played
on their home court against the
Milaca Wolves. The Irish put in
excellent effort and picked up the
victory by a score of 60-49.
“Even though this was a non-
conference game, there were
many reasons why it was still a
big game,” Baumann said. “For
one, it was a huge subsection
game with major seeding impli-
cations on the line. Secondly, it
was our last home, regular-sea-
son game for our five seniors.
And, thirdly, there was a possi-
bility that David Stokman could
hit the 1,000-point mark for his
career, so there was a lot emotion
going into it, and I thought all our
guys did a great job throughout
the whole game.”
In the first half, the Irish shot
37.5 percent but limited the
Wolves to 31.6 percent shooting.
At the halftime buzzer, the Irish
were up 21-16.
“You could tell Milaca’s game
plan was to try and take advan-
tage of their height advantage,
but our posts did a really good
job at working hard to contain
those guys and our guards did a
very good job on their perimeter
guys as well,” Baumann said.
In the second half, the Irish
scored 39 points on 54.5 percent
shooting and the Wolves scored
33 points on 50 percent shooting.
“It was a very good team ef-
fort on both ends,” Baumann
said. “Keeping them under 50
points for the game shows how
hard and well we played defen-
sively. We did at times struggle
to get rebounds, but got the ones
we needed to down the stretch.”
Stokman’s 25 points put him
at 1,000 for his career and led the
“It was nice to see David hit
the 1,000 point mark late in the
game, especially since it was at
home, that’s always a pretty spe-
cial thing, and our guys did a
great job handling that,” Bau-
mann said. “Even though it’s a
really outstanding individual ac-
complishment, it was definitely a
team effort to help David get
there and I think he'd be the first
to agree with that. It’s been really
nice to see how well we’ve come
together as a team down the
stretch here and, hopefully, we
can keep building momentum
heading into the postseason.”
Pts Rbs Stls Asts
Z. Johnson 5 6 1 -
A. Schonnesen 13 7 2 3
T. Goelz 3 2 - 1
D. Stokman 25 3 1 3
E. Hertwig - 1 - -
C. Olson - 1 - -
L. Caughey 6 4 1 -
N. Paumen - 1 - -
B. Borell 8 4 2 -
Due to the bad weather,
Thursday’s game against the
Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles was
moved to Saturday, Feb. 22, at
Eden Valley. It was another over-
time thriller and the Irish ended
up taking home the win by a
score of 71-65.
“It was a strange game with
the rescheduling for 1 p.m. on
Saturday and with no JV game in
front,” Baumann said. “We
started off pretty slow and really
struggled to make a shot for the
first 20 minutes of the game and
dug ourselves a pretty big hole.
We were down 18 early into the
second half.”
In the first half the Irish were
only shooting 21.9 percent, with
the Eagles doubling them up at
44.4 percent. At halftime the Irish
trailed by 15.
“We did a great job staying to-
gether and eventually our shots
started to fall and we were get-
ting stops on defense,” said Bau-
In the second half, the Irish
improved their shooting to 44.8
percent and the Eagles shot 46.2
percent. With 10 minutes left in
the game, the Irish were still
down by 15. Quickly, the Irish
were able to kick it into gear and
catch up to the Eagles, bringing
the game to a 61-61 tie. In over-
time, the Irish were able to shoot
66.7 percent and make five free
throws, compared to just four
points for the Eagles. Maple
Lake’s ability to come back in
the final stretch allowed them to
take home the win.
“It was a really nice win for
multiple reasons,” Baumann
said. “One, it got us over our Sat-
urday slump (coming in we were
0-3 in Saturday games this year).
Two, it got us back to the .500
mark for the season. Three, it
gave us sole possession of third
place in the CMC behind BBE
and HLWW and, lastly, it keeps
our momentum going, heading
into our big, first-round playoff
David Stokman led the Irish
with 35 points, eight rebounds
and seven assists.
“With some clutch free throw
shooting and timely steals we
were able to gain a victory in
overtime,” head coach Tim
Staloch said. “The game itself
was like a microcosm of the sea-
son. After starting the year 1-6,
the team continued to believe and
work hard. We battled back to
finish 12-12. The season starts
over now as the playoffs begin.
We have several excellent teams
in our sub-section. We open up at
Braham, who has a record of 23-
3 and has won 61 games in row
at home. Our team believes in
each other and has proven that
we can play with anybody."
Pts Rbs Stls Asts
Z. Johnson 15 7 2 2
A. Schonnesen 11 4 3 3
T. Goelz 6 4 2 2
D. Stokman 35 8 2 7
E. Hertwig - - - 1
L. Caughey 2 1 - -
N. Paumen - 3 1 -
B. Borell 2 5 2 -
Central Minnesota Conference
Boys Basketball Standings
Conf.  Overall
BBE 14-0 24-1
HL-W-W 12-4 20-5
MAPLE LAKE 8-6 12-12
EV-W 7-7 14-9
ROCKFORD 6-7 12-13
KIMBALL 6-8 14-10
PIERZ 2-11 4-21
This is a big accomplishment
considering only a few boys
have achieved 1,000 points in
Maple Lake history.
“It’s a great feeling knowing
that all the hard work I’ve put in
over the past years has paid off,”
Stokman said. “I couldn’t even
have achieved this goal without
the help of so many people, es-
pecially my, coaches, teammates,
family and friends. They’ve been
incredibly supportive and this
milestone is a testament to
Stokman will keep working
hard throughout the rest of his
high school basketball career to
help lead the Irish to many more
victories and milestones.
Thursday, Feb 27: 4:15pm Basketball:
Girls 8th Grade Game St. Cloud Cathe-
dral @ Whitney Center; 4:15pm Basket-
ball: Girls 7th Grade Game St. Cloud
Cathedral @ Whitney Center.
Friday, Feb 28: 6:00pm Basketball: Girls
JV Game vs. Holdingford @ Maple Lake
High School; 6:00pm Basketball: Girls C
Game vs. Holdingford @ Maple Lake
High School; 7:30pm Basketball: Girls
Varsity Game vs. Holdingford @ Maple
Lake High School.
Saturday, Mar 1: 9:00am Speech: Var-
sity Meet Fridley @ Fridley High School.
This week’s Maple
Lake Irish activities
David Stokman
continued from page 1
Landon Caughey takes a three in Maple Lake’s win over
Milaca. Caughey scored 20 points in three games in the
week. (Photo by Charlene Wurm)
by Delaney Sifferle
Sports Writer
Going to state is what every
gymnast hopes to do. Sophomore
Jordan Sifferle achieved that goal.
Thursday night, through the
snow and rain, Sifferle traveled
down to the Twin Cities for the
state banquet.
A day later, Sifferle competed
at 11 a.m. Saturday. With a big
support group by her side, she
knew it would be a good day.
Competing at the state meet
braught pressure, nerves and a
bunch of energy.
Although each gymnast get
two tries at vault, Sifferle only
needed one, as she scored her ca-
reer-best 9.4 on her first vault.
Scoring a 9.4 also lead her to
place 12th in the state.
“Although it was tough com-
petition it was a great experience,
it's amazing how much talent is
around this state," Sifferle said.
With more years to come, Sif-
ferle is hoping to return again,but
with more gymnast from the
Jordan Sifferle, center, poses with her fan club at the state
gymnastics meet, where she recorded her career-best
vault score of 9.4 and finished 12th. (Photo submitted)
Maple Lake High School football coach Tim Knudsen, center, received the Semper Fi-
delis Award at the Glazier Clinic on Friday. (Photo submitted)
by Gabe Licht
Maple Lake High School
football coach has had a busy
and successful 2013-14 season.
Not only did his team make
it to the state semifinals for the
first time in school history, but
he was also named the section
On Friday, Knudsen re-
ceived the Semper Fidelis
Award during the Glazier
“I think it’s a great award for
my coaching staff and myself,”
Knudsen said. “Our staff works
hard to develop these kids into
leaders. Every player is differ-
ent and comes from a different
background. One thing we do
as a coaching staff is dissect
that. We know who’s who and
we try to instill the character in
the kids during and after the
football season.”
Knudsen added that trying
not to make mistakes on and off
the field is a good way to go
through life.
He believes the award means
a lot and epitomizes who the
team is and who they play for.
“We’re big with the brother-
hood,” Knudsen said. “We take
that to heart and that’s who we
play for, the guy next to us.”
In fact, he believes two sim-
ilarities between the Marines
and football are developing
great leaders and playing or
fighting for and with teammates
and comrades.
He also gave his coaching
staff the ultimate credit when it
comes to the Semper Fidelis
When asked why he thought
he won the award, he said, “My
staff is second to none when
molding young men into great
“... This award finalizes
what we, as a staff, teach our
student athletes every day and
that is leadership, honor, values
and commitment.”
Traveling Summer Fastpitch
Girls Softball
have player
& parent
Sign-up in the Maple Lake High School Commons. Cost is $140 per player.
*Also looking for Volunteer Coaches! Please sign up & pay dues on March 5. If you cannot make
it for the sign-up, please contact Joe Paumen at (612) 490-4873 by March 5 to guarantee a
team for your child! *This program is not sponsored by Maple Lake Public Schools.
Evaluations are Sunday, March 9, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Sign Up! Wednesday, March 5 • 5-7 p.m.
at Maple Lake High School
of girls
to 11th
Maple Lake Messenger Page 10
February 26, 2014
Legal Notices
continued from page 7
First Resource Bank, a Minnesota
Court File No. 86-CV-13-4186
Daniel S. Hennum and Elizabeth
A. Hennum,
that under and by virtue of the Find-
ings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and
Order for Summary Judgment
(“Judgment”) entered in the above
captioned action dated December
20, 2013, wherein it is, among other
things, adjudged that there is due the
plaintiff the sum of $1,656,616.18
through November 1, 2013, plus
continuing interest, real estate taxes,
attorney fees and costs, and collec-
tion costs, a certified copy of which
has been delivered to me directing
the sale of the premises hereinafter
described to satisfy the amount
found and adjudged due to said
Plaintiff in the above-entitled action,
as prescribed in the Judgment, the
undersigned Joe Hagerty, the Sheriff
of Wright County, will sell at public
auction to the highest bidder for
cash, on April 3, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.,
in the Sheriff’s Office, 3800 Braddock
Ave. NE, Buffalo, Minnesota the
premises and real estate, lying and
being in the County of Wright, State
of Minnesota, described in said
Judgment as the parcel of property
secured by the Mortgage dated Sep-
tember 1, 2006 recorded in the Office
of the Wright County Recorder on
September 6, 2006 as Document
No. A1024408, modified by Modifica-
tion of Mortgage dated September 1,
2007 and recorded with the Wright
County Recorder as Document No.
A 1065790, further modified by Mod-
ification of Mortgage dated Septem-
ber 1, 2008 and recorded with the
Wright County Recorder as Docu-
ment No. A 1099481, further modi-
fied by Modification of Mortgage
dated September 1, 2009, recorded
with the Wright County Recorder as
Document No. A 1130293, further
modified by Modification of Mortgage
dated September 1, 2010, recorded
with the Wright County Recorder as
Document No. A 1158281, further
modified by Modification of Mortgage
dated December 1, 2010 and
recorded with the Wright County
Recorder as Document No. A
1167558, further modified by the
Modification of Mortgage dated
March 1, 2011 and recorded with the
Wright County Recorder as Docu-
ment No. A 1176299, further modified
by Modification of Mortgage dated
June 1, 2011 and recorded with the
Wright County Recorder as Docu-
ment No. A 1178945, and modified
by the final Modification of Mortgage
dated December 1, 2011 and
recorded with the Wright County
Recorder as Document No. A
1191764, legally described as:
The South two-thirds of the East
30 acres of the North Half of the
Southeast Quarter of Section 27,
Township 121, Range 23, Wright
County, Minnesota.
The time allowed by law for re-
demption by the judgment debtor,
the debtor’s heirs, successors, and
legal representation is one year after
the date of sale.
Dated: January 24, 2013
Sheriff of Wright County, Minnesota
By /s/Philip P. Thinesen
Sgt. Philip P. Thinesen
Barbara M. Ross (#182941)
225 South Sixth Street, Suite 4000
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
Telephone: (612) 339-7121
Notice is hereby given that Corinna
Township Planning Commission/
Board of Adjustment will convene
Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 7:00
PM at Corinna Town Hall to conduct
the following public hearing(s):
Variance to construct a dwelling
addition approximately 120 ft from
the centerline of a county road (min.
130 ft required). Applicant: Julie
Christian. Property address: 8482
County Road 6 NW, Annandale.
Sec/Twp/Range: 22-121-027. Parcel
number(s): 206000223204
Variance to construct up to a
1,000 sq ft detached garage (max.
allowed 800 or 1,000 sq ft depending
on interpretation) on a parcel previ-
ously created primarily for septic sys-
tem purposes and not allowed for
buildings at the time. Applicant:
Steve Bruggeman. Property ad-
dress: Across from 11815 - 89th
Street NW, Annandale.
Sec/Twp/Range: 19-121-027. Parcel
number(s): 206000192205,
All interested persons are invited
to attend these hearings and be
heard or send written comments to
the Township. Application information
and a staff report are available for
viewing at (staff
report typically 5-7 days prior to the
hearing date). A quorum of the Town
Board may be present at the meet-
ing, but will not hold deliberations or
make any decisions.
Ben Oleson, Zoning Administra-
tor, Corinna Township
Notice is hereby given that the
City Council of the City of Maple
Lake, Minnesota will meet on March
18, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. at City Hall, 10
Maple Avenue South, Maple Lake,
Minnesota, to consider and possibly
adopt the proposed assessment for
the 2014 Street Improvement Proj-
ect. The area proposed to be as-
sessed is properties abutting the
road on Linden Avenue, Park Av-
enue, and areas of Division Street
and other benefited properties. The
proposed work includes street im-
provements, water main replace-
ment, and sanitary sewer repairs.
The total amount of the proposed
assessment is $456,480.00. The
total cost of the project is
$1,498.000.00. A reasonable esti-
mate of the impact of the assess-
ment will be available at the hearing.
The proposed assessment roll is
on file with the City Clerk and is open
to public inspection. Written or oral
objections will be considered at the
No appeal may be taken as to the
amount of any assessment adopted
pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Sec-
tion 429.081, Subdivision 2, unless
written objection signed by the af-
fected property owner is filed with the
City Clerk prior to the assessment
hearing or presented to the presiding
officer at the hearing. An owner may
appeal an assessment to District
Court pursuant to Minnesota
Statutes, Section 429.081 by serving
notice of the appeal upon the Mayor
or Clerk of the City within 30 days
after the adoption of the assessment
and filing such notice with the District
Court within ten days after service
upon the Mayor or Clerk.
An owner may request defer-
ment of an assessment pursuant to
Minnesota Statutes, Section 435.193
to 435.195 and the Special Assess-
ment Policy adopted by the City of
Maple Lake.
Linda E. Hruby
City Clerk/Treasurer
the Silver Creek Township Board of
Supervisors that the Annual Meeting
will be held on March 11, 2014 at 7
p.m. at the Silver Creek Township
Hall, 3827 134th St. N.W. Monticello,
MN 55362.
The regular Planning and Zoning
meeting date will be moved to March
13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Nancy Betzler
Clerk – Silver Creek Township
Notice is hereby given to the
qualified voters of Albion Township,
County of Wright, State of Minnesota
that the Annual Election of Town Of-
ficers and Annual Town Meeting will
be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
at the Albion Town Hall at 9020 20th
St NW, Annandale MN 55302. In
case of inclement weather, the An-
nual Election and Annual Meeting will
be postponed until Tuesday, March
18, 2014, during the same hours.
The Election Poll hours will be
open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at
which time the voters will elect one
Supervisor for a 3-year term and one
Clerk for a 2-year term.
commence after the polls close at
8:00 p.m. to conduct all necessary
business prescribed by law.
Board of Canvass meeting will
follow the Annual Meeting
Debbie Uecker, Clerk
Albion Township
To Whom It May Concern:
Notice is hereby given that a pub-
lic hearing will be held by the Plan-
ning Commission of the City of
Maple Lake, at City Hall, at 7:00
p.m., Tuesday, March 11, 2014, to
consider the preliminary/final plat of
Maple Lake Commercial Center, PID
Such persons as desire to be
heard with reference to this applica-
tion for consideration of this plat will
be heard at this meeting.
Lee Ann Yager
Zoning Administrator
Notice is hereby given to the
qualified voters of Maple Lake Town-
ship, County of Wright, aState of
Minnesota, that the annual election
of Town officers, in the precincts of
1A and 1B, and annual Town meet-
ing will be held on Tuesday, March
11, 2014.
In case of inclement weather, the
meeting and election will be post-
poned until the third Tuesday of
The election poll hours will be
open from 10:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M.
at which time the voters will elect:
One supervisor for the term of 3
The annual meeting will com-
mence at 8:00 P.M. to conduct all the
necessary business prescribed by
The annual election and meeting
will be held at the following location:
Maple Lake Township hall, 6298
Bishop Avenue N.W. and County
Road 37.
Dick Hogan, Clerk
Maple Lake Township
Public Accuracy Test of
Electronic Voting Equipment
A public accuracy test of elec-
tronic voting equipment will be held
in the above named Township at the
Maple Lake Township Hall, located at
6298 Bishop Ave. NW and County
Road 37 at 1:00 P.M. March 6, 2014.
Dick Hogan, Clerk
Maple Lake Township
Legals also available at
Several organizations made it
possible with the following dona-
tions: Maple Lake Lions ($500), H
& H Archery ($500), National
Turkey Federation ($500), Maple
Lake American Legion ($400),
Silver Creek-Hasty Sportmen’s
Club ($400), Wright County Deer
Hunters Association ($300) and
Sherburne County Deer Hunters
Association ($300).
Those donations were used as
matching funds required for a
$1,600 grant from the Department
of Natural Resources and the extra
funds will be used to repair and
maintain the equipment.
“People have been very gener-
ous and I am very thankful,” Davis
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Feburary 26, 2014
Ambassadorsʼ Social
continued from page 1
by Gabe Licht
Sunday evening gave 2013-
14 Maple Lake Ambassadors
Lauryn Aanerud, Carissa Knott
and Chelsey Trettel a chance to
thank everyone who played a
role in their year of representing
the community. It also gave them
an opportunity to begin the tran-
sition to the ambassadors who
will be crowned on March 15.
And, for Aanerud, it set the stage
for her to continue representing
Maple Lake as the 2014 Min-
neapolis Aquatennial candidate.
“It obviously means I get to
go on and represent the commu-
nity in the best way I can,”
Aanerud said after her tears sub-
sided following the Maple Lake
Ambassadors’ Social at the
Maple Lake American Legion
Club. “It’s a big opportunity for
myself to get to know people
from other towns. I’ve never ex-
perienced anything like it, so I’m
definitely excited for the experi-
For the 2014-15 ambassador
candidates, they had yet to expe-
rience anything like Sunday’s
showcase, when they had the op-
portunity to introduce them-
selves – with the help of a
hand-picked outfit – and their
sponsors to more than 80 people.
Jada Anderson started the in-
troductions explaining that she
was dressed like a lollypop be-
cause the sweet treat helps sick
kids feel better, and she’d like to
do that professionally some day.
She is the daughter of Scott An-
derson and Jean Holland and is
representing MP NexLevel and
A-Meat Shoppe.
Lori Elsenpeter did her best
“Old MacDonald” imperson-
ation in honor of her dad, who
has taught her responsibility and
how to have a good work ethic as
a farmer. Maple Lake Lumber
and American Legion Post 131
are her sponsors. She is the
daughter of Joe and Jennie
In line with the upcoming St.
Patrick’s Day festivities, Anna
Kleist resembled a four-leaf
clover and explained the impor-
tance of each part of it, including
the stem that holds it all together.
She is being sponsored by Madi-
gan’s Bar and Grill and Star
Bank. She is the daughter of
Thomas and Kristine Kleist.
Donning hunter orange and
camouflage, Katie Klimek
shared her love of hunting and
the outdoors in general. Her
sponsors are American Mini
Storage and Lundeen Brothers
Ford. She is the daughter of Dan
and Bobbi Klimek.
Courtney Klingelhoets ex-
plained that she represented
“Point A” on a Google map be-
cause she likes to travel and is
looking forward to helping oth-
ers as she travels in the future.
Bogart Pederson and Associates
and the Maple Lake Lions are
sponsoring her. She is the daugh-
ter of Shannon and Carrie Krohn.
Dressed as a butterfly, Blair
Stewig explained that the beauti-
ful insect only lives about a
month, a reminder to live every
day to the fullest, which she be-
lieves she does as a “social but-
terfly.” She is representing Total
Care Chiropractic and Irish
Blessings Coffehouse. She is the
daughter of Mike and Marj
Maria Zaske looked like she
was ready for a swim, as she
talked about swimming and life-
guarding as her passions, along
with a passion for others and
keeping them safe. Her sponsors
are Maple Lake Bowl and Jake’s
Excavating. She is the daughter
of Kevin and Cheryl Zaske.
Wearing clothes representa-
tive of summer and winter, Holly
Jo Parchem said she enjoys both
seasons and encouraged every-
one to look past the exteriors of
others to see who they really are.
She is representing the Maple
Lake Messenger and Country
Inn and Suites of Buffalo. She is
the daughter of Mark and Dana
Heather Schlueter appeared
as a music note, as she talked
about the importance of music in
her life. Her sponsors are Reli-
able Auto Care and the Stables
and Greenfield Farm. She is the
daughter of Greg Schlueter and
Cynthia Schlueter.
Just as the new candidates
had an opportunity to say,
“Hello,” the outgoing ambassa-
dors had to say, “Goodbye” and
“Thank you.”
“Thank you to the city of
Maple Lake for raising me to be
the woman I am today,” Aanerud
Aanerud also thanked God
and said being an ambassador
has given her an opportunity to
be a light to others, as referenced
in Matthew 5:13-14.
Each girl took time to tear-
fully thank her family, her fellow
ambassadors and her family.
Knott said she learned a few
key lessons throughout the expe-
“One, pictures are worth a
thousand words,” she said.
“Two, when people say time
flies, they’re not kidding. I never
knew time could go so quickly.
And, three, friends are God’s
greatest gifts.”
“I really hope I don’t cry
through this,” Trettel said with
tissue in hand.
Sure enough, she needed it as
she addressed those closest to
“You’re such a kind and car-
ing person,” she told Aanerud. “I
hope when you’re a doctor,
you’re around here so I can bring
my kids to you when they’re
sick. To Carissa, I remember
doing everything together when
we were little and then we got to
do this together. Thanks for
being you.”
In addition to hearing from
the candidates and outgoing am-
bassadors, the crowd in atten-
dance also got the chance to meet
the new members of the Maple
Lake Ambassadors Organization.
More information about the
new MLAO members will ap-
pear in the March 5 issue of the
Candidate Courtney Klingelhoets donned one of the many
creative outfits, as “Point A” on a Google map, representing
her love for traveling. (Photo by Gabe Licht)
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